Losing a tooth, or several of them, can often seem like the worst thing that can happen to your oral health. In many ways, it’s one of the most severe consequences of several different underlying oral health concerns, such as tooth infection and gum disease. However, it isn’t necessarily the end of the troubles that such conditions can cause. On top of the underlying concern, the loss of one or several of your natural teeth can also lead to multiple other concerns with your remaining healthy teeth, as well as your other oral health tissues and structures.
Severe tooth misalignment
To successfully absorb your bite pressure and ensure your bite functions properly, your teeth must be aligned correctly. This means all of them meet their opposites evenly when you bite and chew, enabling your jaw joints and muscles to move simultaneously and apply evenly distributed bite pressure. If you lose one or more teeth, this alignment can be severely impacted, and your bite’s overall function can be disrupted. This also means the balance of your bite will be impacted, and several or all of your remaining healthy teeth can be exposed to undue amounts of pressure when you bite and chew.
Tooth decay and gum disease
Tooth decay and gum disease are different in many ways, including the fact that they affect different areas of your oral health. However, the erosion of your tooth structure and of your periodontal tissues can both lead to several serious complications with your oral health, including tooth loss. After losing a tooth, however, your risks of developing these issues will be higher. Both tooth decay and gum disease develop when oral bacteria overwhelm your tooth structure or gum tissues (respectively). When one or more teeth are lost, preventing this buildup with regular dental hygiene practices can be much more difficult.
Bite and/or jaw dysfunctions
Certain bite dysfunctions, such as constant teeth-grinding (bruxism) or TMJ disorder, can often develop as a result of imbalanced bite pressure, or other issues with your bite’s function. When that function is affected by the loss of one or more teeth, your risks of developing a condition like bruxism or TMJ disorder can also become higher due to the imbalance the loss can create. In many cases, the most effective way to prevent these and other problems is to replace your lost teeth and restore your bite’s balance as soon as possible.
Prevent further problems caused by tooth loss
Tooth loss is a big enough problem by itself, but if it isn’t addressed properly, it could lead to several additional problems for your teeth and oral health. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.