If you’ve already lost one or more teeth, then you’re already familiar with some of the more obvious consequences of tooth loss. For instance, the gap (or gaps) in your smile can have a significant impact on its appearance, and the more teeth you’ve lost, the more difficult it may be to bite, chew, and speak properly. Yet, there are even more facts about tooth loss that you may not realize, even though their impacts can be far more severe than just your appearance.
What you don’t see matters
Losing a tooth means several things; you lose the crown that fills out your smile and gives your bite balance, and you lose the root that supports the crown while stimulating your jawbone. This root, which has its own socket in your jawbone, not only supports your tooth, but also stimulates the flow of nutrients to your jaw every time you bite and chew. Losing this root matters to your long-term oral health because it can lead to jawbone degradation, which increases your risks of further tooth loss.
You could qualify for implants
Replacing lost teeth with a dental bridge, partial denture, or complete denture can restore virtually of the functions of your lost teeth’s crowns. The prostheses fill out your smile with highly lifelike replacements, restoring its appearance and your ability to bite, chew, and speak confidently again. In addition, you may qualify for dental implant posts, which can support your bridge or denture by mimicking natural teeth roots. The implant posts are inserted into your jawbone, then used to secure your dental prosthesis lifelike in the most comfortable and manner.
Protect Your Smile from the Effects of Tooth Loss
You may already know enough about the effects of lost teeth to know the importance of replacing them. But, there may also be things you don’t know about how it could continue to impact your oral health without the right replacement option. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also proudly serve the residents of Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.