For patients who take exceptional care of their smiles, tooth loss can seem like the ultimately worst-case scenario. In many ways, it is; however, it doesn’t have to be as disastrous as it may seem. For instance, preventing tooth loss could be easier than you think with a lifetime of good hygiene and dental care. If you do experience tooth loss, your dentist can help you fully recover with the help of dental implants. Nevertheless, tooth loss can have serious consequences if it is not addressed, and many patients don’t realize these consequences until it is too late.
1. Your remaining teeth can become crooked.
Your teeth rely on each other for support as they absorb the pressure of biting and chewing. When one or more are missing, the teeth next to it can drift out of alignment as it tries to adjust to the increase in pressure. This can lead to a host of subsequent dental issues, including further tooth loss.
2. Your jawbone can grow weaker.
Without a full set of teeth roots to stimulate your jawbone, the foundation of your smile can gradually lose density and grow weak. Over time, this can significantly increase your risks of tooth loss due to insufficient support.
3. You can prevent further tooth loss with dental implants.
While you have a choice of replacement teeth to rebuild your smile, dental implants are the best choice for helping you retain your jawbone’s strength after tooth loss. Implants are small, root-like posts that can be placed where your lost teeth roots once rested. The posts support your dental prosthesis and provide much-needed stimulation to your jawbone.
Protect Your Smile from Tooth Loss
In many cases, tooth loss is preventable with consistently good care at home and at your dentist’s office. It’s also easier than ever to recover from with today’s advanced, custom-designed dental prostheses. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA today at 818-347-5124.