How Big of a Deal Is Tooth Loss?

When you lose one or more teeth, there are some things that are obvious about your condition. For instance, if the tooth was highly visible when you smile, then the empty space in your dental ridge likely will be, too. However, there are many more consequences of tooth loss that aren’t that obvious or visible, and sometimes, these are the most serious consequences of your lost tooth or teeth. Today, we examine a few of these consequences, and why they make tooth loss a big deal until you address it properly.

It puts your other teeth at risk

Many of the consequences of tooth loss involve how the rest of your healthy, natural teeth respond to the loss. For instance, the balance of your bite can be thrown off when you lose a tooth, and the teeth closest to the empty space can react by shifting toward the space to make up the slack. This can lead to a wide range of problems for your bite’s balance and function, as well as your long-term oral health and the success of your tooth replacement.

It makes daily tasks harder

The shifting of your remaining teeth can be a significant problem of tooth loss, and it can contribute to many other complications that result from tooth loss. That includes a diminished ability to bite and chew comfortably and fully, as well as difficulty keeping your teeth and gums properly cleaned with good hygiene practices. When you replace your lost tooth or teeth, particularly with dental implants, it’s important that your restoration rebuilds your smile in a way that once again allows you to accomplish such daily tasks with ease.

It affects all of your oral structures

The loss of your teeth seems like an obvious problem, but the loss of your teeth roots isn’t something that you might notice. The impacts of the loss can also take longer to manifest than other consequences of tooth loss. When you lose teeth roots, your jawbone and surrounding oral structures also lose stimulation, which can cause them to lose mass and density, become weaker, and shrink over time. Fortunately, this can largely be prevented by replacing your lost teeth roots and their functions with one or more dental implants.

Learn how to deal with tooth loss

Tooth loss can be a big deal for your smile and oral health, but fortunately, you can limit its impact with the help of dental implants. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX, today at (936) 441-4600.