Compared to common oral health concerns like a minor cavity or gingivitis, tooth loss isn’t exactly discreet. You’ll know when it occurs, and if you’re like many people who experience tooth loss, you’ll know right away that it’s important to address it by replacing the tooth. However, the visible impacts of tooth loss aren’t all there is to worry about, and the many different consequences of the loss can often result from the missing tooth’s root, which you can’t see.
Your remaining teeth lose some of their support
When you first lose a tooth, you might not notice any immediate reaction from the teeth that still remain. However, having a full row of teeth that are properly aligned with each other is important to helping each tooth enjoy maximum stability and structural integrity. With one or more teeth missing, the pressure from biting and chewing can force the teeth closest to the empty space to shift out of alignment toward the gap. This can create a number of different concerns, including throwing your bite further off balance and placing the shifting teeth at higher risks of being lost, as well.
Your jawbone starts receiving fewer nutrients
The roots of your teeth are integrated into your jawbone structure to give them optimal support when you bite and chew. This also enables your teeth roots to translate the pressure of biting and chewing into stimulation for the jawbone structure that surrounds them. Stimulating your jawbone is key to signaling your body to send your dental ridge an adequate supply of minerals and nutrients. When you lose one or more teeth roots, this stimulation grows weaker, and your body responds by sending fewer nutrients to the dental ridge. This typically isn’t obvious at first, but over time, your jawbone structure can grow weaker and smaller as it continues to lose mass and density.
Your facial structures can start to sag, or “collapse”
Your jawbone structure is essential to supporting your teeth, and when it grows weaker, your risks of losing more teeth can grow higher. The same bone structure is also responsible for supporting several of the surrounding facial structures, and one of the long-term consequences of missing teeth roots includes the sagging of these structures, as well. This condition is often referred to as facial collapse due to the sagging appearance of the structures. Fortunately, this can often be prevented by reestablishing stimulation in the jawbone structure with the help of one or more dental implant posts to replace your lost teeth roots.
Stop the consequences of tooth loss with dental implants
Tooth loss itself is hard to miss, but the way the rest of your oral health reacts to it might not be noticeable for years to come. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.