For many people who experience tooth loss, the appearance of it is noticeable enough that it can’t be ignored. However, that appearance is only part of the many different ways in which tooth loss can influence your smile and oral health. The rest involve more direct aspects of your oral health, such as the way your bite functions and the specific risks to the long-term state of your oral health. Today, we take a look at a few of these influences, and how dental implants can help you protect your smile from them.

Before you lose a tooth (and how)

One of the earliest ways tooth loss affects your oral health is involves the specific reason for why you lose a tooth. For example, for many people, that reason is gum disease, which has eroded the supportive gum tissues and boned structure that surround and support the tooth by its root. Losing a tooth to gum disease not only impacts your oral health, but is also a sign of the damage that gum disease is causing to your oral structures. If it isn’t addressed, the loss of the tooth and the advancement of the disease will dramatically boost your risks of losing more teeth.

When the tooth isn’t present anymore

Regardless of the reason why you experience tooth loss, the loss of the tooth itself may have an even greater influence on your oral health and smile. This is due to the loss of the tooth’s crown as well as its root, which can have several different consequences for your teeth, oral tissues, and surrounding jawbone and oral structures. The balance in your overall bite is one of the more noticeable impacts, as you may feel a change in how your teeth meet each other every time  you bite and chew. However, the loss of the tooth’s root and the stimulation that it provided may have more significant long-term impacts on the jawbone and other structures that support your smile.

When there’s a root to support the replacement

The good news is that, with a dental implant post to replace a lost tooth root and a custom restoration to rebuild the visible part of your smile, you can mitigate much of the damage that stems from tooth loss. Not only does an implant restoration rebuild your smile’s appearance and reestablish your bite’s function, but also help replace the stimulation that helps keep the rest of your oral structures healthy.

Learn how to lower tooth loss’ influence on your smile

Tooth loss and the cause behind it can have a significant influence on your smile and oral health. To learn more about how to reduce that influence, 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.