The art of restoring natural teeth that have become damaged or infected with decay is an important one. When your tooth structure is compromised, the only way to address it and regain the tooth’s health and function is to repair it with an appropriate, custom-designed restoration. However, in some cases, receiving a restoration doesn’t always completely solve the problem, and a tooth may still be at risk of further complications, including its loss. Fortunately, losing the tooth you thought you had saved doesn’t mean you’ve lost for good. With a dental implant, you can still preserve your full, healthy smile for life.

Tooth damage and infection keep progressing

Whether your tooth is structurally damaged (i.e., chipped, fractured, or broken) or has become infected with tooth decay (the cause behind cavities), one thing is certain – the problem will grow worse with time. That’s because your teeth can’t heal or repair themselves the way other tissues in your body can, and the pressures of biting and chewing will only make things more complicated. Depending on the nature of your tooth’s concerns and the quality of your tooth restoration, your restorative treatment might not fully stop the problem from progressing. As it grows more severe, so will your risks of eventually losing the tooth, or having to extract it.

A restoration may fail if not cared for properly

Even if a restoration does successfully restore your tooth, it takes proper, ongoing care and maintenance to ensure that it remains successful. In addition to maintaining good hygiene and regular preventive visits with your dentist, that also includes not biting down on things that aren’t food, or chewing particularly hard things like ice. If you suffer from constant teeth-grinding, this may also cause extensive damage to your restoration, causing it to fail and exposing your tooth to further problems.

The gums around the restored tooth are diseased

While tooth restorations are advanced enough to help address most issues, they aren’t designed to restore the health of the gum tissues around your teeth. Gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss, can develop when oral bacteria gather along the gum line and make their way underneath it before you can brush or floss them away. If this occurs around your restoration, then it (and, potentially, the natural teeth nearby) can be lost if the disease becomes severe enough.

Learn what to do after losing a tooth

If you lose a tooth because its restoration has failed, then find out how we can restore your smile with a more durable and lifelike dental implant restoration. To learn more, 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.