Why It’s Important to Replace a Lost Tooth

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Correcting tooth loss is a major focus of modern dentistry, which should come as no surprise considering the importance of your teeth to your quality of life. With an entire mouth full of teeth, you might begin to believe that losing one or two of them shouldn’t affect your smile’s ability to function. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. All of your teeth serve a purpose, and a complete set of them is necessary for your mouth to continue operating properly. Even if only one tooth is gone, the rest of your teeth won’t forget it, and replacing the lost tooth will be important for your smile to bounce back.

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore the Loss

Did you know that a healthy human bite can produce up to 200 pounds on its back molars? The pressure at the front of your bite is considerably less, and the distribution of your bite’s force should be proportionate to what each of your teeth can handle. When a missing tooth disrupts the ranks, the pressure displacement is disturbed and your bite can become imbalanced, placing a greater amount of stress on certain teeth. To take up the slack, remaining teeth may shift towards the gap in an attempt to even out the pressure once again. However, the only things shifting teeth will accomplish is throw your bite further out of balance and leave your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay and/or damage.

Closing the Gap in Your Smile

If you’ve lost a single tooth, or multiple teeth in a row, then your dentist may recommend placing a dental bridge between the remaining adjacent teeth to close the gap and restore your smile’s equilibrium. As the name suggests, a dental bridge is designed to span the gap created by your missing tooth, replacing it with a lifelike fabrication. For more extensive tooth loss, you may require a partial or full denture, depending on your specific needs. In either case, your dentist may suggest placing your replacement teeth on one or more dental implants, which provide the most stable and comprehensive option for replacing lost teeth.

Speak with Your Dentist About Tooth Replacement

If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then speak with your dentist about the importance of replacing them. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.

How to Stop Gum Disease from Causing Tooth Loss

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Gum disease is one of the most common chronic dental health issues, but fortunately, many patients stop it from causing severe dental damage by seeking treatment early. In cases where gum disease is allowed to progress, the consequences can include extensive damage to gum tissues, as well as severe erosion to surrounding jawbone structure. Because of this damage, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. The good news is that you can stop gum disease from causing tooth loss by preventing it from developing, or by treating as early as possible if it develops.

Prevention Is Ongoing

Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is caused by an excessive buildup of oral bacteria, which naturally inhabit your mouth. In moderation, oral bacteria are a minor threat that can be largely controlled by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once, and attending regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. If you skip your routine or neglect to attend your preventive appointments, then oral bacteria can work their way underneath your gums, infecting the tissues and leading to gingivitis.

If Gum Disease Develops

Even with a strict hygiene and preventive routine, you may still experience risks of gum disease. During regular visits, your dentist will carefully inspect your gums, along with your teeth and oral tissues, to determine if gingivitis has developed. If so, then early treatment can prevent gum disease from gaining a foothold, or at least stop it from becoming severe.

Protect Your Smile from Gum Disease and Tooth Loss

If gum disease develops, then you can stop it from causing tooth loss with prompt, professional treatment. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.

How Serious Is Your Risk of Tooth Loss?

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Tooth loss isn’t a genetic issue; if your parents have lost teeth, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re likely to lose teeth, as well. However, propensities for certain oral health conditions, such as gum disease, can be hereditary, and those conditions can lead to tooth loss when not prevented or addressed. To gauge how serious your risks of tooth loss may be, your dentist will perform a careful examination of your teeth and oral tissues during every routine checkup appointment. If you are at risk, then he can recommend an appropriate treatment plan to lessen that risk and improve your chances of preserving your healthy, natural smile.

Do you have gum disease?

Severe gum disease, or periodontitis, is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States, and neglecting treatment is one of the main reasons why. Gum disease begins as an infection in your gums known as gingivitis, which gradually grows worse, destroying your gums and jawbone structure. At first, however, gingivitis can seem relatively minor, so many patients ignore it until severe damage has already occurred. If your dentist detects gingivitis during your examination, then you should undergo appropriate periodontal treatment as soon as possible to prevent increased risks of tooth loss.

Is one or more of your teeth decaying?

If you have a cavity, then it’s highly likely that you’ll feel the toothache, and therefore fill the cavity, before extensive tooth damage occurs. However, if your tooth is cracked or broken, or if a cavity has been allowed to remain long enough, then the decay can reach the sensitive nerves and tissues inside of the tooth’s pulp. These tissues keep your tooth supplied with necessary nutrients and provide all sensory information for the tooth. When infected, the risks of losing the tooth are exponentially higher (though root canal treatment can typically save the tooth from having to be extracted, if performed early enough).

Have you already lost one or more teeth?

If you’ve already lost one or more teeth, then your risks of losing more are already higher. With every tooth lost, your jawbone receives fewer nutrients, and can eventually erode due to malnutrition. The weaker jawbone structure will have trouble supporting the rest of your teeth, and you may lose more before you realize how drastically your jawbone has changed. Dental implants can often mitigate this risk by replacing the roots of lost teeth, which reestablish the stimulation that keeps your jawbone strong, healthy, and able to support your remaining natural teeth.

If You’re At-Risk for Tooth Loss

If you currently exhibit symptoms of dental disease, such as periodontitis, then you may be at a heightened risk of losing one or more teeth. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.

Do Dental Implants Really Stop Facial Collapse?

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Replacing lost teeth is about more than just rebuilding your smile’s appearance. While confidence is important, the more profound effects of tooth loss are largely unseen until years afterward. Jawbone degradation and facial collapse, for instance, occur gradually due to the loss of your teeth roots. Without the roots to stimulate your jawbone when you bite and chew, the structures around your smile can gradually lose density. The good news is that dental implants can help stop facial collapse as well as reestablish your healthy, youthful-looking smile by replacing the roots of your lost teeth.

How Can Dental Implants Help?

Conventional replacement teeth, like a dental bridge or denture, are created to replace the visible portions of your teeth, known as the crowns. The prosthesis stops surrounding teeth from shifting, fills out the gaps in your smile, and restores balance to your bite. However, only dental implants are able to support your bridge or denture the same way roots support your healthy teeth crowns. Therefore, only dental implants are able to restore stimulation in your jawbone and prevent facial collapse from occurring after tooth loss.

What if I’ve Lost All of My Teeth?

The more teeth you lose, the greater your risks are for jawbone degradation and facial collapse. For many patients, however, an implant-supported denture (preferably All-On-4® implant dentures) can rebuild an entire ridge of lost teeth. With the support of four or more implant posts, the denture can preserve the remaining jawbone structure and create a more youthful and beautiful smile restoration.

Stop Facial Collapse with Dental Implants

After you’ve experienced tooth loss, you can stop facial collapse and other consequences by replacing your teeth with dental implants. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.

How to Prevent Tooth Loss

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Tooth loss happens often enough that you might believe it’s a natural part of aging. However, preventing tooth loss is more possible than ever with today’s advanced hygiene techniques and dental health treatments. While some cases of tooth loss may not be avoidable, especially in emergency situations, the right care and maintenance can significantly increase your chances of preserving your healthy, natural smile. If you do lose one or more teeth, then we can help you reduce your risks of experiencing further tooth loss by replacing them with an appropriate number of dental implants.

Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums

It seems redundant, but the truth is that the best way to prevent tooth loss is to take care of your teeth and the gums that support them. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States. By brushing and flossing regularly, as well as visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, you can largely prevent gum disease and other issues that can lead to tooth loss.

Watch What You Feed Your Smile

Many people are aware that bingeing on sugar all day long can quickly rot their teeth. However, there are good things that your smile needs in order to stay healthy, even if you never consume sugar again. For example, your teeth and their protective enamel are made mostly of calcium, which your body doesn’t produce naturally. Milk, yogurt, and other dairy products offer much of what your smile needs, as well as lean meats, fruits, and vegetables.

Replace Teeth that Are Already Lost

When you lose a tooth, your risks of experiencing further tooth loss increase. The root of the lost tooth can no longer stimulate your jawbone when you bite and chew, and your body sends your jaw fewer nutrients as a result. Eventually, your jawbone can grow weak and unable to support the teeth that remain. Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant restores this stimulation, and therefore reestablishes the stimulation that your jawbone needs to stay strong and healthy.

Learn How to Prevent or Treat Tooth Loss

Preventing tooth loss is highly possible, but if you do lose a tooth, then we can help you prevent losing more by replacing it with a dental implant! To learn more about tooth loss and dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.

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.