The presence of some dental health issues isn’t always noticeable. For example, if you have tooth decay or gum disease, it won’t necessarily show every time you smile. However, losing a tooth is usually much more noticeable, and the impact it has on a smile’s appearance is often the reason why patients choose to replace their lost teeth. At our Ft. Worth, TX, office, we help patients address all of the consequences of losing a tooth, including your smile’s appearance, by offering custom-designed dental implant restorations. Along with restoring your smile’s appearance, an implant restoration also restores nearly all of your lost tooth’s original function, including the root that supported it.
The quality of your daily activities
Immediately after losing a tooth, you may feel the impact in several everyday activities. Biting and chewing your food may be more difficult, even uncomfortable. Brushing and flossing your teeth will be different, and in some cases, less effective. Depending on the location of the tooth, its loss might also affect your ability to enunciate your words clearly, causing you to slur or speak with a lisp. This impact can be largely mitigated with the help of a conventional dental bridge. However, with the support of a dental implant, your replacement tooth will have a better chance of mimicking the natural functions of your lost tooth.
The area where your tooth rested
Your smile’s appearance and the quality of your daily activities are some of the more obvious effects of losing a tooth, but they aren’t the only ones. Your teeth do more than you realize for your oral health, especially the roots that support them. Resting comfortably within your jawbone, your teeth roots are essential to sustaining a healthy flow of nutrients to your jawbone structure. Every time you bite and chew, the stimulation signals your body that your jawbone and teeth need minerals and nutrients. When a tooth root is missing, the jawbone surrounding its empty socket can being to lose some mass and density due to the lack of stimulation.
The other teeth you still retain
As your jawbone grows weaker around the site of your lost tooth and your bite pressure changes due to the missing tooth, your remaining healthy, natural teeth can begin to feel the brunt of the loss. Those closes to the lost tooth can drift toward the empty space to try and balance out your bite, which can throw your bite even further off balance and lead to a host of other oral health concerns. If you don’t replace the tooth as soon as possible, including its root, these effects can lead to increased risks of losing even more teeth in the future.
Stop the consequences of tooth loss
After you lose a tooth, there are several different consequences that can impact your oral health and quality of life. To learn more about how to stop these consequences, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.