If you lose even a single tooth, the potential impact to your smile’s appearance can be significant. In fact, this impact is what prompts many people to address the condition by replacing the lost tooth. However, some of the impacts of tooth loss aren’t visible at all at first, and many of them can have a greater impact on your oral health than just affecting your smile’s appearance. Today, we examine some of the more complicated impacts of losing teeth, and why it’s important to address the problem as soon as possible.
The progression of whatever causes it
Tooth loss doesn’t typically occur on its own. Aside from accidental trauma and unavoidable dental emergencies, most cases of tooth loss occur from underlying oral health concerns, like gum disease (or periodontal disease). For example, severe gum disease can erode and compromise your periodontal tissues and jawbone structure, which are largely responsible for supporting your healthy, natural teeth. Losing a tooth or having to extract one can be a part of restoring a smile that suffers from severe gum disease. However, the progression of the gum disease must be halted, first, and the condition successfully managed before you can replace the tooth.
The worsening state of your oral health
Depending on what the specific cause of your tooth loss is, addressing it will be a necessary first step in restoring your smile. However, replacing the lost tooth or teeth is also necessary. Even if you successfully manage the underlying problem, the loss of your teeth and their roots will continue to negatively impact the overall health and integrity of your other teeth and oral structures. This can includes causing your jawbone to grow weaker after losing some of the stimulation from your teeth roots, as well as increased risks of damage, decay, and loss of your remaining natural teeth.
The solution to dealing with tooth loss
Understanding the consequences and impacts of tooth loss is critical to restoring your smile successfully after it occurs. For instance, you’ll be prepared to receive treatment to address an underlying dental concern if you understand its important in restoring your smile. You may also be better prepared to choose the most effective replacement for your lost teeth, such as a dental implant restoration, that can help you successfully address more of the long-term impacts of your tooth loss.
Learn more about the impacts of tooth loss
The impacts of tooth loss can sometimes be more complicated than you realize, and dealing with these impacts can mean receiving the most lifelike tooth replacement option. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our dental office in Los Angeles, CA, today at (310) 446-GUMS (4867). We also proudly serve patients living in Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Century City, Encino, and all surrounding communities.