When you lose a tooth, it can sometimes take a while to get accustomed to the idea that the tooth is gone. While this is natural, it shouldn’t cause you to hesitate too long to choose to replace the tooth. From the moment the tooth and its root are lost, the emptiness the loss creates can begin negatively impacting your smile in several significant ways. The longer it takes to fill the void and restore your smile, the greater these impacts can be.

You’ll be more likely to lose more

One of the more impactful consequences of tooth loss is the increased risk of losing more teeth in the near future. This can be due to several different specific impacts of tooth loss, but the most significant one is the loss of mass and density in your jawbone structure after you’ve lost the tooth’s root. Your jawbone grows weaker because of this, and as a result, you become more likely to lose more teeth due to lack of proper support. The sooner you replace your lost tooth with a dental implant, the better chance you’ll have of avoiding this increased risk and preserving the rest of your healthy, natural smile.

Your oral health can experience other concerns

The diminishing mass and density in your jawbone structure is a significant concern with losing teeth roots, but it isn’t the only concern to worry about. When you lose a tooth, the loss in your dentition can also negatively impact your bite’s balance, making it more difficult to bite and chew your food comfortably. This can also strain your jaw joints and muscles, leading to a bite dysfunctions such as chronic teeth-grinding, TMJ disorder, and more. As with most oral health concerns, each of these negative consequences can grow increasingly worse over time, and hesitating to replace your lost tooth could lead to a need for more extensive procedures.

Addressing the issue could be more complex

When you lose a tooth, replacing it and restoring your smile may also include addressing the root cause of your tooth loss (such as gum disease, for many people). If you hesitate to address this issue and replace your lost tooth, then recovering from your tooth loss could also mean having to address one or more consequences of the loss. For instance, patients who experience significant loss of jawbone structure due to diminished stimulation may require jawbone grafting to fortify the structure before receiving dental implants.

Replace your lost tooth as soon as possible

There are many different ways that losing a tooth negatively impacts your oral health, and each of them get worse the longer you hesitate to replace it. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.