If you believe that the biggest concern with tooth loss is the appearance of your smile, than it can be easy to overlook the importance of replacing your lost teeth. That’s especially true if the tooth that you’ve lost isn’t even in a visible spot when you smile. However, one of the reasons why tooth loss is such a serious concern is because many patients who experience underestimate what it means for their smiles. Today, we examine why tooth is such a big deal, and why you should never take the loss of any tooth too lightly.

It can impact how your bite works

One of the clearest examples of the importance of tooth loss isn’t how your smile looks, but rather how well it functions when you bite and chew your food. The empty space between two teeth can leave a gap in their balance that affects their ability to properly absorb the pressure of your bite. This can have resounding consequences for your oral health and the overall function of your bite, which can grow increasingly worse the longer you ignore your tooth loss. As they do, your risks of experiencing other oral health concerns, including the loss of more teeth, will continually rise.

It can increase your risks of oral concerns

The risks that tooth loss can pose the rest of your oral health tissues and structures aren’t always as immediately noticeable as the impacts on your smile’s appearance and bite function. Yet, they can have lasting impacts on your oral health in several different ways. For example, the imbalance in your bite pressure can expose your remaining healthy teeth to excessive amounts of pressure and friction, causing them to wear down and/or become fractured or broken. This can lead to a further imbalance in your bite that can threaten the health and integrity of your jaw joints, leading to a more complex bite dysfunction (such as TMJ disorder).

It can be complex to fully address

There are many other long-term consequences of tooth loss that can significantly impact your oral health, such as the loss of mass and density in your jawbone structure following the loss of your natural teeth roots. To fully address the effects of tooth loss and minimize its impact on your overall oral health, the most appropriate solution is often to replace the lost teeth roots with one or more dental implants.

Learn more about dealing with tooth loss

Whether it dramatically impacts your smile’s appearance or not, losing a tooth can be a big deal for your oral health in many other important ways. 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.