Although tooth loss can sometimes seem like the kind of thing that everyone experiences as they grow older, the truth is that it isn’t always inevitable. For many people who experience it, tooth loss is something that results from something else, such as a severe oral health condition like gum disease. On one hand, this means that many people miss the chance to prevent tooth loss, and preserving their smile means taking their oral health more seriously from now on. On the other hand, it means that, if you haven’t a lost a tooth yet, you have a good chance of preventing it still if you pay heed to your risks of it.
You’re likely to lose more if you ignore it
The fact that tooth loss can be the result of another oral health concern’s severe state doesn’t mean that the original concern is over once you’ve lost the tooth. On the contrary, conditions like gum disease, which can frequently lead to tooth loss, will continue to pose a threat until they’re treated directly. On top of this, the loss of a tooth can weaken the foundation of bone structure that supported it, making your overall jawbone weaker. The compound effects of tooth loss mean that you’ll be more likely to lose more in the near future if you don’t address the loss as soon as possible.
It can have a bigger impact than you realize
With a tooth missing on your upper or lower dental ridge, the rest of your teeth and oral structures can experience a number of different negative impacts. For instance, the empty space can interfere with your bite’s overall balance, and one or more teeth can be put under an excessive amount of your bite’s pressure. This can cause further problems with your natural tooth structure and oral health, as you’ll be more likely to experience concerns such as tooth damage, misalignment, decay, and more.
Restoring your smile is easier if you act promptly
The different ways in which losing a tooth impact your smile and oral health can grow increasingly more severe over time. They can also make restoring your smile successfully more complex, as you might require additional treatment to restore the health and foundation of your smile before you can replace your lost tooth. The sooner you act to replace your lost tooth, the better chance you’ll have of avoiding such concerns and the need to address them before fully restoring your smile.
Learn what to do if you lose a tooth
The loss of even a single tooth can have significant impacts on your oral health and quality of life, which is why you should take it seriously and seek to replace it as soon as possible. To learn more about treating it early, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.