Replacing lost or extracted teeth has several obvious benefits to your smile and oral health. For example, the appearance of your smile can be whole and healthy again, and your bite can feel comfortable when you bite and chew again. However, there are also several important, but less obvious, reasons for replacing lost teeth as soon as possible, preferably with highly lifelike dental implants. Today, we examine a few of the things that replacing lost teeth could help you avoid, and why dental implants can often do a better job of helping you avoid them.

More problems with your bite’s function

Tooth loss has a direct impact on your bite’s ability to function properly. The loss leaves spaces in your upper or lower dental ridge that disrupt the balance of your bite pressure, forcing your remaining teeth and your oral structures to compensate for the disruption. Replacing your lost teeth with a custom-designed, highly lifelike restoration can help you restore this balance by filling the spaces in your dental ridges. However, your bite function may still be impacted by the loss of your natural teeth roots and your restoration’s lack of a suitable replacement. To restore more of your bite’s function, it’s often preferable to replace your lost teeth with a dental implant-supported restoration.

Higher risks of chronic dental concerns

Tooth loss is often the result of a chronic dental concern, like gum disease, becoming so severe that it causes extensive damage to your oral tissues and structures. In fact, severe gum disease is the most frequent cause of adult tooth loss, as well as one of the most common chronic oral health concerns. When you experience tooth loss, your teeth and oral tissues can become more susceptible to gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems due to the cumulative effects of the loss. By replacing your lost teeth and rebuilding your smile, you can have a better chance of preserving your long-term oral health.

The weakening of your jawbone structure

While replacing the visible parts of your teeth can help you avoid many of the problems that result from tooth loss, there are some consequences that can only be addressed by replacing your lost teeth roots, as well. This includes the diminished stimulation in your jawbone that results from the loss of one or more roots, and that can raise your risks of losing more teeth due to jawbone erosion. The most effective way to avoid this is to replace your lost teeth with a dental implant-supported restoration, which includes biocompatible posts to replace the roots of your lost teeth.

Avoid more problems by replacing your lost teeth

The loss of one or more teeth could be a catalyst for further oral health problems if you don’t replace them as soon as possible. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.