There’s a lot about tooth loss that most people already realize. For instance, it’s no secret that losing a tooth can be one of the most serious concerns for your smile and oral health, and that replacing a lost tooth is important to preserving your smile. However, one of the reasons why tooth loss continues to be a problem is because there is still a lot about it that many people don’t know, including its potential impact on their oral health if they don’t address it promptly.

The visible impact is just the beginning

After you lose a tooth, the impact of the loss to your smile’s appearance can vary. If the tooth was in a spot that’s highly visible when you smile, then its loss will likely be highly noticeable, as well. However, even if the tooth’s loss doesn’t dramatically affect your smile’s appearance, it can still have substantial consequences for your oral health. The loss itself can cause changes to how your bite functions and distributes pressures among your remaining teeth, and your other teeth can become more likely to shift out of place, or react in other negative ways.

Losing teeth makes other teeth vulnerable

The loss of a tooth and its impact on your oral health can sometimes be much more complex than you realize at first. For example, the cause of you losing a tooth could be a chronic oral health concerns, such as gum disease, that will continue to grow worse and lead to further tooth loss. Also, the teeth that remain may still be vulnerable even after gum disease or another underlying cause is treated and managed. With certain changes to your bite’s balance, they may be subjected to excessive amounts of pressure that can force them out of alignment, cause them to become worn-down or cracked, or compromised their structures in other ways.

There’s one way to stop it from getting worse

The different ways in which your remaining teeth and oral health become threatened by tooth loss can vary. Your natural teeth consist of two main parts to their structures – the crown and root. The loss of the tooth’s crown, or visible portion, can lead to many of the more noticeable problems, such as changes in your smile’s appearance and in how your bite functions. However, the loss of the tooth’s root can lead to long-lasting issues, as well, including a loss of stimulation and, as a result, mass and density in your jawbone structure. Fortunately, you can mitigate these impacts by replacing the lost tooth as soon as possible, preferably with a dental implant that offers a replacement for the tooth’s root as well as its crown.

Learn more important details about tooth loss

Tooth loss can be more impactful for your smile and oral health than you realize at first, especially if you procrastinate in replacing your lost teeth. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.