What Does Tooth Loss Really Mean for Your Smile?

Depending on the cause of your tooth loss, it could mean that an underlying oral health concern has grown too severe. Or, it could mean that your emergency dental trauma was serious enough to knock a tooth out. In most cases, though, what tooth loss really means for your smile is that it now faces a number of different threats and challenges due to the loss. Fortunately, you can face those challenges and lessen the effects of tooth loss on your smile by choosing the right custom prosthetic option to replace your lost teeth as soon as possible.

Your smile will forever be changed

The loss of a tooth isn’t something that your body can resolve on its own. Unlike a cut or fracture elsewhere, the tooth structure won’t regrow itself. This means the loss of the tooth is permanent, and any effects it has on your oral health may be, as well, if the loss isn’t address promptly. Fortunately, replacing the lost tooth with the right lifelike prosthesis can restore the tooth’s vital functions, like biting and chewing, as well as your smile’s healthy, full appearance. To address the loss of your tooth’s root, which can severely impact the strength and integrity of your jawbone, we may recommend supporting whichever prosthesis you choose on an appropriate number of dental implant posts.

Your risks of losing more teeth are greater

One of the more important impacts that tooth loss can have on your smile is reducing the amount of stimulation in your jawbone when you bite and chew. That stimulation is key to your jawbone receiving an adequate amount of minerals and nutrients, and when it’s diminished, this can impact the long-term health and integrity of the bone structure. As it grows weaker, your risks of losing more teeth due to the weakened structure will rise, and the best way to address this is to replace your lost tooth root as soon as possible.

You have a chance to fully rebuild your smile

Because of the extensive impact that tooth loss can have on your smile’s foundation, fully rebuilding your smile requires replacing as much of your lost tooth structure as possible. With dental implants, you can reestablish the roots of your lost teeth within your jawbone structure, which isn’t possible with more traditional prostheses. The biocompatible implant posts are inserted into the empty spaces within your jawbone, and can be used to support your dental bridge or denture as well as restore stimulation in your jaw.

Make tooth loss less of a threat to your smile

Tooth loss can mean many things for your smile, but you can mitigate the effects and restore your good oral health with the right prosthetic dental option. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.