The Serious Consequences of Tooth Loss

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When common dental issues are left untreated, they can lead to increasingly worse dental concerns, including tooth loss. However, while tooth loss is a serious concern, it isn’t the worst that can happen to your dental health. After losing one or more teeth, the ones that remain can be left subject to increased risks of damage or infection, and the surrounding oral structures are also affected. Fortunately, you can avoid the serious consequences of tooth loss by quickly replacing them, preferably with a lifelike, implant-supported restoration.

Diminished Confidence

A healthy smile is a confident one, and when one or more teeth are missing, that confidence can be significantly diminished. The tendency to hide your smile when you interact with others can have a long-lasting negative impact on your self-esteem, and if not addressed, you may be more likely to lose more teeth (and confidence) in the future.

Poor Dental Health

A healthy smile is also a full one, and with one or more teeth missing, your bite can become imbalanced and your oral health can be more susceptible to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Replacing lost teeth and rebuilding your smile will make it easier to maintain excellent hygiene, and for your dentist to keep your smile healthy through routine preventive care.

Facial Collapse

When you lose a tooth, the appearance of your smile may be the most prominent concern. However, the loss of your teeth’s roots, which you can’t see, can have a much more profound impact. Your teeth roots help keep your jawbone and surrounding oral structures strong and healthy by inviting nutrients to your jaw when they’re stimulated. The loss of these roots causes a decrease in stimulation and resulting decrease in nutrients, which leads to jawbone deterioration and facial collapse (the sagging of the facial structures around your smile). Fortunately, dental implants can also restore this stimulation and help you prevent the noticeable effects of facial collapse.

Prevent the Consequences of Tooth Loss

You can prevent the consequences of tooth loss with help from your dentist, and an appropriate number of lifelike dental implants! To learn, schedule a consultation by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.