The loss of a single tooth might seem inconsequential, but in the long run, in can lead to a chain reaction that can end in loss of more teeth. If you’ve lost a tooth, the best approach is to have it replace. The best kind of tooth replacement is a tooth implant.
Side Effects of Tooth Loss
Losing a tooth creates a space in your mouth. Other teeth will naturally move to fill that space. When they move, they shift from their proper position, leading to misalignment. When your teeth are not properly aligned, this can create a wide range of problems including:
- Uneven or abnormal wear to tooth surfaces
- Incorrect bite
- Misalignment of the jaw joint
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
If you’ve lost a tooth, talk to a periodontist about having a tooth implant. This will fill the empty space and prevent your other teeth from moving. In the long term, your other teeth will remain healthier, as will your jawbone.
A tooth implant is the best way to replace any missing tooth. Implants replace the root of the tooth as well as the visible, chewing and biting surface. The root portion is made of titanium, so the jawbone will bond to it. Because of this natural bond, the artificial root stimulates the bone tissue to regenerate over time. With dentures or other more traditional methods of replacement, the bone is not stimulated to grow and will eventually atrophy.
Implants are also advantageous because they are permanent and remain stationary when you chew and speak. You’ll be able to eat any foods you like without worrying about dislodging your new tooth or teeth. They don’t need to be removed for cleaning or at night, and are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. In addition, unlike crown and bridge replacements, they don’t require any other teeth to be restructured. With an implant, you’ll feel like you never lost your tooth at all.
Call the office of Dr. Brad Crump to schedule an appointment today.