Dealing with tooth loss isn’t as simple as dealing with a cavity or other, less extensive oral health concern. That’s largely because the consequences of tooth loss are more immediately significant, and they can become increasingly more so over time. Yet, these consequences can sometimes take more time to become apparent, and the need to replace a lost or extracted tooth might not seem as immediate. Today, we explain why time matters when it comes to dealing with your tooth loss, whether it’s preventing it from occurring or preventing the severe consequences of it if it does.

The timeframe to prevent it from occurring

As far as your long-term oral health is concerned, the best way to deal with tooth loss is to address any issues that might lead to it early and prevent the loss of a tooth. For example, the most frequent cause behind tooth loss is gum disease, which affects a majority of people by the time they reach late adulthood. However, not as many people lose teeth as have gum disease because the condition is often treated before it reaches that level of severity. The difference in most cases is time; if given enough of it, gum disease (or other chronic oral health issues) can cause enough damage to make tooth loss or the need for extraction imminent.

The ticking clock when you lose a tooth

Addressing oral health concerns before you experience tooth loss is highly possible, but many still have to deal with tooth loss at some point. Once it occurs, the loss of your natural tooth structure (its crown and its root) can lead to several negative consequences for your remaining teeth, your surrounding oral structures, and the state of your long-term oral health. For example, the moment you lose your tooth’s root, the jawbone structure surrounding its socket will begin to resorb due to the lack of stimulation. This process can cause your jawbone to lose mass and density over time, making your jawbone weaker until you replace the lost tooth root.

The benefits of replacing teeth as soon as possible

Stopping the diminishing effects of tooth loss as soon as possible benefits your smile and oral health in several ways. The consequences of tooth loss, including the loss of stimulation in your jawbone, can have a collective impact that greatly increases your risks of losing one or more teeth in the near future. Addressing these consequences requires replacing your lost teeth as soon as possible, preferably with an appropriate number of dental implants to replace your lost teeth roots.

Learn why time matters when addressing tooth loss

When dealing with tooth loss, time has a significant impact on your smile’s needs and your overall restorative plan. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.