Important Notes About Addressing Tooth Loss

Everyone who experiences tooth loss experiences it differently. For some, it means losing and having to replace a single tooth. For others, it may mean having to rebuild their entire upper and/or lower dental ridges to severe tooth loss. In any case, the importance of replacing the lost teeth as soon as possible is undeniable, and dental implants are often the ideal solution for doing so. With the ability to replace your lost teeth roots, implants may be the only way to successfully address all of the concerns that come with losing teeth.

Things only get worse over time

Most things about your oral health are progressive (such as plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease). That includes the effects that occur after you experience tooth loss. The change in your bite’s balance, the diminished ability to bite and chew comfortably, and more can all become increasingly worse the longer your leave the space in your smile unfilled. Because of this, it’s best to replace your tooth or teeth as soon as possible after they’re lost, preferably with a dental implant that can replace the lost root, as well.

Tooth loss isn’t the end of it

Even after you lose a tooth, the reason behind its loss won’t necessarily go away. For instance, one of the most common reasons for adult tooth loss is gum disease, which can leave one or more of your teeth without enough vital support. If you lose a tooth the disease, it will still continue to affect the gum tissues and jawbone that support the rest of your teeth, increasing your risks of losing even more by the time you seek treatment.

It matters how you replace lost teeth

Choosing the right dental restoration to replace your lost teeth depends largely on the extent of your tooth loss. With dental implants, however, any size prosthesis (i.e., dental crown, bridge, or denture) can enjoy the important benefits of having more lifelike support. Dental implants are designed to support your prosthesis with similar comfort and stability to healthy, natural teeth roots. As the only option to provide this benefit, dental implants can often provide the most comprehensive results for rebuilding your smile.

Learn more about addressing tooth loss

If you’ve experienced tooth loss, we can help you address it with a highly lifelike, implant-supported restoration. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.