Depending on the state of your oral health, there could be multiple things that contribute to your overall risks of tooth loss. However, if you’ve already lost one or more teeth, then the risks of losing more are already higher, even if you don’t realize it just yet. Today, we examine how tooth loss leads to higher risks of more tooth loss, and how dental implants may provide the only real solution for interrupting the process and improving your chances of preserving the rest of your smile.

Understanding the process of tooth loss

The processes behind tooth loss differ from person to person, but the reaction to the loss can be similar for everyone’s oral health. For instance, one of the most frequent causes for people to lose teeth is because they have severe gum disease, which has eroded the supportive gums and jawbone around their teeth. After losing a tooth, the condition of your gum disease will remain severe, and it can continue to erode your oral tissues, causing you to lose more teeth. In addition to the cause of your gum disease, the loss of your tooth itself can create a series of impacts that makes it increasingly more likely that you’ll lose more teeth in the future.

What losing one tooth has to do with losing another

Most of the functions that your healthy, natural teeth are responsible for are obvious. They fill out your smile to make it attractive and healthy looking. They tear and chew your food so that your body can digest it properly. However, some of the functions of your teeth are less obvious, and much more intricately connected to the rest of your teeth and oral structures. For instance, every time they bite and chew your food, your teeth are stimulated, and their roots transfer that stimulation to your jawbone. Any drop in this stimulation results in a drop in minerals and nutrients that your body sends to your jaw, making it weaker over time.

The way dental implants more fully restore smiles

When your jawbone grows weak from lack of stimulation, it becomes less secure in the areas where it supports your remaining healthy, natural teeth. The loss of mass and density in your jawbone structure is one of the biggest reasons why losing a tooth can significantly increase your risks of losing more. Fortunately, dental implants can provide a way to stop your jawbone from losing mass and density by restoring the stimulation that it needs. Designed to replace your lost teeth roots and offer comparable support for your custom-designed dental restoration, one or more implant posts can help restore your oral health’s foundation as well as the more visible functions of your lost teeth.

Learn how implants can improve your oral health

Losing a tooth can lead to a series of consequences that ultimately raise your risks of losing more teeth in the future. With dental implants, you have a good chance at interrupting this process. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.