If you’ve never lost a tooth before, then experiencing tooth loss can be a devastating thing. It’s too late to save the tooth, and another won’t grow in its place, which means replacing the lost tooth is the only way to restore that part of your bite’s function. Fortunately, modern tooth replacement options are more lifelike in appearance and effective in their function than they’ve ever been. In addition, the use of biocompatible treatments such as dental implants, which replace your lost teeth roots, can help many patients reduce or prevent the most devastating consequences of tooth loss.
The reasons why it happens
There are many things that people often misunderstand about tooth loss, and the reasons behind it are often among the most common. Some people believe that tooth loss is inevitable and everyone is destined to experience it at some point in their lives. However, the truth is that tooth loss is the direct result of another problem, which could be traumatic injury that knocks the tooth out or a chronic oral health condition that progressively gets worse. Understanding this and the details of your own oral health can help you improve your chances of preventing the loss of one or more teeth.
The significance of losing natural teeth
Another common misconception about tooth loss may be the specific ways in which it can impact your oral health. If the tooth isn’t in a highly visible part of your smile and its loss isn’t very noticeable, then it may not seem like a serious concern. Yet, the significance of losing a tooth involves more than how it makes your smile look. The entire structure of your natural tooth, from its root to its crown, plays several vital roles in your oral health and bite function. When you lose a tooth, its connection to the rest of your oral health means that the loss will have implications for more than you may realize at first.
The goals when replacing lost teeth
The goals of replacing a lost tooth involve addressing the many different concerns that stem from the loss. This includes not only filling your smile out again with healthy teeth, but also restoring the balance when you bite and chew, and the vital functions of your tooth’s root and crown structure. This can often be most successfully accomplished by choosing a dental implant-supported restoration to replace your lost tooth or teeth.
Learn what tooth loss could mean
If you’ve experienced tooth loss, then learn what it could mean for your oral health, and how the right tooth replacement can help you avoid it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX, today at (936) 441-4600. We serve patients from Conroe and all neighboring communities.