Losing a tooth can leave you with a lot to process. How bad does your smile look now that the tooth is gone? Is it going to affect your ability to bite and chew your food, or change how you sound when you speak? With so many immediate concerns, it can be a while before you start to wonder how the loss of the tooth will impact the rest of your oral health down the road. In many cases, losing one tooth can make it more likely that you’ll lose more teeth in the future, until all of them are potentially lost. Fortunately, it’s possible to stop this domino effect and preserve your smile, most importantly by replacing the root of the lost tooth with a biocompatible dental implant.

Why you lost a tooth in the first place

The specific risks of tooth loss that many people have are different for everyone, and the cause of your tooth loss will be a significant factor in your future oral health risks. For example, if you have gum disease and have lost a tooth due to the erosion of your gums and jawbone, then the condition itself will continue raising your risks of tooth loss until you get it under control. However, even after your underlying condition is resolved, the loss of the tooth itself will pose a challenge in rebuilding and preserving your smile. Particularly, the loss of the tooth’s root will impact your jawbone structure in a way that makes it weaker over time.

Why tooth loss begets more tooth loss

Aside from the obvious impacts of losing a tooth, there are several more that you can’t immediately see, and that have a huge impact on the health and integrity of your smile. When you lose a tooth, the rest of your teeth suffer the consequences and have to make up the difference in your bite’s pressure. Also, the loss of the tooth root can lead to diminished stimulation in the jawbone, which will make it weaker and less able to support the rest of your healthy, natural teeth.

How to stop the cycle and save your smile

The only way to stop the cycle of erosion that occurs following the loss of a tooth and its root is to replace the tooth, and its root, as soon as possible. The only option for this is to place a dental implant post in the jawbone where the tooth root once rested, filling in the space and restoring stimulation in that area of the dental ridge. Once placed, a dental implant can support a highly lifelike dental crown with nearly as much stability and stimulation as a healthy, natural tooth root.

Learn how to stop tooth loss from getting worse

After losing a single tooth, your risks of losing more can skyrocket – unless you take appropriate steps to reduce them, such as replacing the tooth’s root with a dental implant. 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.