The reasons behind losing a tooth can vary greatly from patient to patient. Common reasons can range from severe periodontal disease or other chronic dental concern, to immediate accidental trauma, and more. However, in cases of extensive tooth loss, where multiple teeth have been lost or extracted at different times, the initial loss of the first tooth may play a bigger role in the more extensive loss than patients often realize. Today, we examine how losing a single tooth can create a domino effect that increasingly raises your risks of losing more teeth, and how dental implants are designed to help stop this effect.
The higher risks of losing more teeth
Aside from accidental trauma and dental emergencies, most oral health concerns are progressive. Their development alone is the beginning of a problem that will continue to grow worse the longer it’s left untreated. Tooth loss stands apart from other concerns because, in many cases, it’s one of the worst-case scenarios of other oral health concerns. Their progression leads to issues so severe that you lose one or more teeth to it, or have to extract them as a result of it. One the tooth is lost, however, its absence creates an entirely different set of problems. In addition to the initial cause of your tooth loss, your remaining teeth and oral structures now have to deal with a diminished ability to bite and chew, reduced stimulation in your jawbone, and more.
Why conventional restorations can’t stop it
Many of the negative consequences of tooth loss are the result of the loss’ impact on your bite’s balance. Your remaining healthy, natural teeth will be responsible for sustaining the same amount of bite pressure, but with one or more teeth gone, they’ll have to withstand more than they’re used to. Conventional bridges and dentures can help you avoid subsequent problems due to the imbalance by filling the spaces along your dental ridge. However, the domino effects that lead to higher risks of tooth loss often begin with the loss of your tooth’s root. Without root-like posts to support them, traditional restorations aren’t able to address this loss or stop the resulting impacts on your dental ridges.
How dental implants interrupt the cycle
Dental implant posts are designed to mimic healthy, natural teeth roots, and to support a modern dental restoration (i.e., crown, bridge, or full-arch restoration) with more lifelike results. The posts are inserted into the areas of your jawbone structure where teeth roots are no longer present, and are able to support your restoration in a similar manner as healthy roots. In addition to improving the stability and function of your restoration, this also provides a solution for reestablishing the vital functions of your lost tooth root. By stimulating the jawbone structure when you bite and chew, the implant posts can stop the loss of mass and density that results from losing teeth roots, and that plays a significant role in leading to further tooth loss in the future.
Learn how to save your smile after tooth loss
Losing one tooth increases your risks of losing more by impacting your oral health in several negative ways. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.