Tooth loss is the type of situation that will always impact your oral health once it occurs. However, what that impact looks like and how severe it is depends largely on how you address the loss of your teeth. If you don’t know how serious the consequences of tooth loss can be, then you might not be as inclined to address it as soon as possible. Today, we examine a few of the things that can happen after losing teeth, and how they can impact your strategy for restoring your smile.
You’ll have to address what caused it
Given the significant impacts of tooth loss, it can be easy to forget that there’s a specific reason for it. For many people, it can be accidental trauma, or a severe infection in the tooth. For most people who lose teeth, the underlying cause is severe gum disease, which systematically erodes the gums and jawbone structure that support their teeth. Regardless of the cause, it will most likely have to be dealt with before you can successfully replace your lost teeth and rebuild your smile. This will help ensure that your restoration isn’t compromised in the future by the same underlying concern.
If you wait, your situation can grow worse
For tooth loss cases that involve conditions like gum disease or other chronic oral health issues, the need to address it before hand is about more than just ensuring the success of your restoration. Even if you wait to replace your lost teeth, but don’t address the cause of their loss, that cause can continue to grow worse, potentially leading to further tooth loss. For example, if you have gum disease, it will continue eroding your smile’s supportive structures, and will increase your risks of losing more teeth until you get the disease under control.
You can rebuild it better than you expect
The good news is that, once you get the cause of your tooth loss under control, you can successfully rebuild your smile in a more comprehensive and lifelike way than you might expect. With dental implants, we can design a custom restoration that not only replaces the visible parts of your teeth, but also the roots, which serve several important roles in the preservation of your smile. Dental implant posts can offer more comfortable and stable support for your restoration, as well as provide adequate stimulation in your jawbone to help keep it strong and healthy for life.
Learn more about what comes after tooth loss
A lot of things happen to your smile and oral health after you experience tooth loss, but with dental implants, you can do more to preserve your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.