Tooth loss is a serious condition all by itself, but it also has several contributing factors and subsequent consequences for your oral health that rebuilding your smile can sometimes require more than you think. For example, patients who experience tooth loss often benefit most from replacing them with one or more dental implants. However, if they’ve also experienced a loss of mass and density in the jawbone structure surrounding the lost teeth, then they may also require jawbone grafting to strengthen it first.
Don’t wait to replace a lost tooth
The focus of minimally invasive treatment is typically to help you avoid the need for additional treatments or procedures when rebuilding your smile. One of the most effective ways to reduce your risks of needing jawbone grafting after suffering tooth loss is to replace the tooth with a dental implant as soon as possible. The erosion of your jawbone’s structure begins with the loss of the tooth’s root, which reduces the stimulation your jawbone receives when you bite and chew your food. The faster you reestablish this stimulation with a dental implant post, the less likely you’ll lose a significant amount of jawbone structure.
Stick to a healthy diet
Whether you’ve already replaced a lost tooth with a dental implant, or have not yet experienced tooth loss, eating a healthy diet with a wide variety of foods is another essential element to your jawbone health. On one hand, the bone structure needs the nourishment. Essential nutrients and minerals, such as calcium, are necessary for maintaining the health and integrity of all of your oral structures. On the other hand, eating a wider variety of healthy foods will help provide your jawbone structure with optimal stimulation.
Don’t let gum disease threaten it
One of the reasons why gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss is because, in its severe stages, it can erode both the periodontal tissues and the jawbone structure that support your teeth roots. As these structures erode, your jawbone loses its ability to sustain all of your natural teeth, leading to their loss or the need for their extraction. However, by treating gum disease as soon as possible, you can limit its impact on your oral health, jawbone structure, and more.
Maintain a strong foundation for your smile
Strengthening the jawbone before replacing one or more lost teeth may be necessary in some cases, but you can lower your chances of needing to by taking steps to maintain your jawbone’s health and integrity. 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.