When you experience tooth loss, there are several important things to consider about what to do next. On one hand, unless you lost a tooth in a dental emergency, there’s likely an underlying cause behind it. That cause might be gum disease, or the tooth may have been extremely decayed or damaged, and restoring your smile might require additional treatment besides replacing it. On the other hand, the loss itself will have a significant impact on the future of your oral health, whether there’s an underlying condition to address or not. One of those long-term impacts is the way in which your bite, as a whole, functions moving forward, without all of your healthy, natural teeth.
The many roles your teeth play
When it comes to your smile, your oral health, and you bite function, your natural teeth play several important roles that you might not immediately think about. For example, the gap that’s left in your smile can do more than just impact its appearance; it can also directly impact your bite’s ability to balance out its own pressure. Your teeth should be aligned in a way that makes it efficient for them to absorb all of your bite’s pressure when your jaw closes, and even enough for your jaw to move smoothly. Losing one or more teeth changes this balance dramatically, and the long-term effects on your bite function can become increasingly more obstructive.
The effects of an imbalanced bite
With two full rows of your teeth, each tooth can effectively absorb a portion of the pressure every time you bite and chew your food, without sustaining any damage. When your rows of teeth aren’t full, there are fewer of them to absorb your bite’s pressure. However, your bite doesn’t exert any less of it, so your remaining teeth are forced to make up the difference. This can lead to substantial damage to one or several teeth as they’re consistently exposed to more pressure and friction than they can handle. It can also cause several teeth to shift out of alignment towards the gap in an effort to regain balance in your bite.
How to restore your smile and bite function
The many impacts of tooth loss, particularly those that directly affect your bite function, can often be successfully addressed with the right tooth replacement option. For many patients, the best solution is to receive one or more dental implant posts, which replace your lost teeth roots, to support a lifelike dental crown, bridge, or denture, depending on how many teeth are lost.
Learn more about dealing with tooth loss
If you experience tooth loss and diminished bite function as a result, we can help you restore both with the help of custom-designed 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.