Tooth loss is the kind of issue that’s immediately noticeable. In fact, unless you’ve lost the tooth due to an emergency, you may have seen it coming before it actually occurred. That’s because tooth loss is most often due to one of several potential underlying issues, such as gum disease, that has become severe and eroded your tooth structure and/or oral tissues. However, once you address the issue and , thereplace your lost tooth or teeth impacts of the loss may not stop affecting your oral health. For example, unless you replace the roots of your lost teeth as well as their visible structures, tooth loss will continue to have a negative impact on your smile years after it occurs.
Your bite’s diminished function over time
Your smile’s appearance after you’ve experienced tooth loss is one of the most obvious impacts of it. However, after having a custom restoration placed to restore your smile, its appearance may no longer be a concern. Despite this, the many other effects of tooth loss may gradually affect the appearance of your smile and facial structures in several ways. For example, your bite’s ability to function properly can become nearly as obvious as your smile’s appearance over time. If you don’t replace the lost tooth or teeth, then your bite will lose much of its bite power and balance. This can affect your bite pressure, too, leaving some teeth exposed to too much of it and suffering structural damage as a result.
The growing risks to your healthy, natural teeth
The diminished balance and function of your bite may only be obvious to you, but the damage that it can cause to your remaining healthy teeth can eventually become much more visible. Under the uneven, often excessive pressure of your bite, some teeth can develop fractures or break entirely, be forced out of their roots and made loose, or lost completely. Increasingly worse tooth misalignment, enhanced risks of developing tooth decay, and much more can all be more likely with every year that your tooth loss goes unaddressed.
Your smile’s options as time goes by
No matter how long you wait to replace a lost tooth, you’ll have to seek treatment eventually to restore your good oral health and your bite’s function. The sooner you do so, the greater your chances will be of avoiding many of the continuing impacts of tooth loss. For example, when you rebuild your smile with the right custom-designed, dental implant-supported restoration, you can benefit from replacing the roots of your lost teeth as well as the parts that fill out your smile and make your bite function properly again. By replacing the roots of your lost teeth, you can also mitigate many of the underlying conditions that lead to changes in your oral and facial structures. Most notably, the stimulation they rely on that typically comes from your healthy, natural teeth roots.
Learn how to save your smile after tooth loss
Tooth loss can affect your smile years after you’ve experienced it, so it’s important to address it as soon as possible. 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.