Healthy, natural adult teeth can typically last for life with the right level of care and maintenance. Unfortunately, tooth loss remains a problem for a large number of adults, and it can become a significant concern for many different reasons. Today, we examine why tooth loss matters to your smile and oral health in the long run, and why it’s important to prevent it or address it as soon as possible if it occurs.
It’s the result of a different serious problem
Tooth loss doesn’t occur for no reason, and it isn’t a natural part of the aging process. On the contrary, adults typically experience tooth loss as the end result of another, severe oral health concern, such as gum disease or extreme tooth decay. This means that losing your tooth may not be the end of the problem for your oral health, especially if the cause of it is gum disease. If it isn’t addressed before you replace your lost tooth, then it can continue to impact in negative ways and increase your risks of losing more teeth in the future.
It can also lead to several other serious issues
Dealing with the cause of your tooth loss is only part of the solution to restoring your smile. After it’s been dealt with, the loss of your natural tooth structure may become the source of several other concerns that can develop and progress over time. For instance, if the tooth isn’t replaced, then the remaining teeth closest to it may shift out of alignment and become more vulnerable to damage or decay. The rest of your oral health can also react in ways that cause your oral health to continuously decline until you restore your smile.
It can be addressed with the right tooth replacement
Fortunately, dealing with tooth loss and its potential is easier now than it’s ever been. For many patients, replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant restoration, which includes a small biocompatible post to replace your lost tooth root, can offer highly beneficial results in preventing the consequences of losing a tooth and its root. This includes promoting a stronger foundation for your smile and reducing the risks of losing more teeth in the future.
Learn more about the importance of tooth loss
In addition to the immediate consequences, tooth loss can have several significant long-term impacts on the health and integrity of your smile. 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.