Adult tooth loss is often not something that individuals actively worry about, as there is always a slew of other items occupying one’s thoughts. The fact of the matter is, however, that it does occur in adults and can be the product of gum disease, decay, or other infection. In the case of any of these scenarios, the only viable option may be extraction in order to preserve your oral health. You will not be out of the woods after this step yet, however, as not replacing a tooth can cause a host of other concerns down the road as well. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA dentist at Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc will explain the ways that loss can negatively impact your health and why it is crucial to replace that structure.
Potential for Future Loss
In most cases, loss and extraction occur due to a structure being in a state that is beyond repair, usually due to decay or disease. When the tooth is removed, however, the same cannot necessarily be said about the infection itself. In fact, harmful bacteria thrive in warm, moist places that are difficult to properly clean or reach, making the gums an ideal place. If the space is not properly cleaned and a new structure placed, the chances that you will lose the surrounding teeth increase drastically. To prevent this from occurring, your dentist may recommend a periodontal cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing.
In this procedure, your dentist will carefully but thoroughly clean underneath the gum line by removing any deposits of harmful bacteria that may be housed there on the roots of your teeth. After this, we will smooth and polish the root so as to make it difficult for future bacteria to reattach.
Oral Function and Jaw Bone Deterioration
Another major impact of losing teeth as an adult is the increased effect on your overall oral function. With a complete smile, your teeth are able to evenly endure your standard bite pressure and function correctly. When one or more structures is missing, however, your bite has to work harder to accommodate for the missing teeth, causing unevenness, strain, and difficulties biting, chewing, and even enunciating. To remedy this concern, your dentist may recommend dental implants to take the place of the missing tooth and reestablish your bite’s natural function.
Missing teeth can also cause issues within the jaw as well. Each tooth contains a root that is embedded in the jaw securely that helps your crown absorb the bite. When this structure is missing, that portion of the jaw no longer serves its purpose, and deterioration can ensue.
Schedule Your Appointment
Whether you are concerned about losing a tooth or are seeking a solution to an already lost structure, Dr. Ivan Lapidus at Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, CA is here to help. Contact our office by calling 310-446-4867 to schedule your appointment today.