It’s not easy to ignore the loss of a tooth. However, for many patients, it can seem like something that doesn’t have to be addressed immediately. As they take time to adjust to the fact that they’ve permanently lost a tooth, the impacts of that loss can continue to have a growing impact on several different aspects of their oral health. Today, we explain why it’s important not to ignore tooth loss, and why replacing it with a dental implant could be the most effective way to address it.

Even one lost tooth has an impact

In many ways, the severity of a dental health concern can be gauged by how much of your oral health it impacts. If you lose one tooth, the fact that you still have all the others can make the loss of the single one seem less significant. However, the loss of one tooth means that all of your remaining teeth have to compensate for its absence in some way. This might mean taking on more of your bite’s overall pressure, making it more likely that you’ll experience tooth damage. It can also include some of your teeth shifting out of alignment as they try to accommodate the change in your bite’s balance and pressure.

The most important impact isn’t obvious at first

After losing a tooth, changes to your bite’s function may not be immediately obvious, but they won’t take long to become noticeable. However, many of the impacts of losing a tooth involve process that you won’t notice until they become much more severe. For instance, the loss of a single tooth root means that the area of your jawbone that surrounded it will no longer receive any stimulation when you bite and chew. This negatively impacts the flow of minerals and nutrients to your jawbone structure, causing it to grow weaker over time.

You can restore your smile and oral health sooner

When the consequences of tooth loss are allowed to continue growing worse before you address them, the specific measures you need to take to restore your smile can also grow more complicated. For instance, teeth that have been compromised as a result to changes in your bite might need to be restored, and weakened areas of your jawbone structure may need to be fortified. Replacing a lost tooth as soon as possible, preferably with a dental implant restoration, can help you avoid these consequences and make restoring your smile a more conservative process.

Learn how address tooth loss head-on

The longer it takes to address your tooth loss, the more significant the long-term impacts of it will be on your oral health, bite function, and much more. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.