One of the leading causes behind tooth loss is infection, such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. These infections are fortunately preventable, which may account for the decrease of tooth loss in recent years. However, when preventive measures aren’t taken to protect your oral health, these kinds of infections can drastically damage your teeth – even to the point of loss altogether. Whether it falls out on its own or your dentist has to pull it, losing a tooth can be devastating. Don’t lose hope – dentistry is continuously advancing and restoring your teeth has become easier than ever.
The Consequences Of Tooth Loss
The loss of a tooth isn’t anything to take lightly. Unfortunately, it can heavily impact your oral health, jaw structure, and face shape.
The structure and shape of your jaw depend on its growth, which actually depends on the stimulation it gets from the roots of your teeth. Even when one tooth is lost, your jaw bone can begin to deteriorate. Over time, the shape of your face may begin to shrink with your jaw. With the advancement of dentistry, however, comes a restoration option that eliminates this deterioration while providing a natural appearance, function, and feel.
Restoring Your Smile With Dental Implants
Dental implants have become increasingly popular for restoring lost tooth (or teeth). In fact, implants can actually be used in conjunction with other restoration methods – especially in the case of a full mouth rehabilitation.
Unlike other methods, however, implants require oral surgery as they are inserted into your gum tissue. Fortunately, not only does this provide added stability and strength, but because they are made of titanium – a biocompatible material – they’re able to fuse directly with your jawbone. While this entire fusing process (known as osseointegration) will take around 3 to 6 months following the initial procedure, your new teeth will be able to protect your jaw structure, growth, and shape just as your natural teeth did before.