Tooth Loss Can Have Far-reaching Effects on Your Dental Health

 

photodune-6935719-illness-tooth-isolated-background-xs-300x225Often, we don’t realize how important our teeth are to our well-being until we lose one. When missing teeth are not replaced in a timely fashion, the patient’s oral health can suffer in the long-term.

For example, if the patient doesn’t pursue tooth replacement, the remaining teeth will shift to fill the empty space left behind. This can ultimately damage those teeth, which will have to tolerate excessive forces in chewing. It can also compromise the smile’s appearance.

Dental implants can help to minimize that side effect of tooth loss by absorbing chewing forces similarly to the way a natural tooth would. 

Dental implants can help to minimize that side effect of tooth loss by absorbing chewing forces similarly to the way a natural tooth would.

In fact, dental implants are the most lifelike replacement tooth available to patients.

After the oral surgeon inserts the implants into the jaw, the bone forms a bond with the titanium implant and consequently, the implant functions as an artificial tooth root. This treatment is the only one that replaces the root structure as well as the crown.

Another possible negative consequence of tooth loss is jawbone erosion. When no root is in place to serve as an anchor, the bone wears away. This can jeopardize the attachment of adjoining teeth, creating the risk of additional tooth loss.

Dental implants are helpful in preventing this outcome, too. The implants help to anchor the jaw the same way that the tooth’s root does, reducing the risk that other teeth will be lost.

In comparison to alternatives like the dental bridge, dental implants have minimal impact on surrounding teeth. When a bridge is used to replace a missing tooth, the neighboring teeth must be fitted with crowns. That process can make the teeth weaker and more susceptible to breakage.

Getting a good, long-lasting tooth replacement following tooth loss can have benefits for years to come. Before deciding which treatment to get, be sure to explore dental implants and talk to an oral surgeon at Austin Oral Surgery about this treatment option. It is possible to get a lifelike tooth replacement that enhances your smile’s appearance and your oral health.