Tooth loss happens often enough that it may seem like no big deal, but consider the fact that your teeth are vital to processing the fuel that your body needs to operate. Also, consider the fact that you only get one set of permanent teeth in a lifetime, and if you lose any of them, you won’t grow replacements. Cosmetically speaking, this can mean you have a choice between a dental prosthetic and a permanent gap in your smile. Functionally speaking, it can spell disaster for the rest of your oral health if you don’t promptly seek a suitable replacement. Polk City family dentist, Dr. Hussong, explores the consequences of tooth loss, and offers an innovative solution based on the natural structure of your tooth.
Confidence and Function
Losing one or more teeth can be a considerable blow to your confidence, especially if you once prided yourself in a great smile. The most obvious benefit of replacing lost teeth is the restoration of this confidence, as well as your mouth’s ability to fully bite and chew your food. For argument’s sake, however, let’s assume that your lost tooth was in the back of your mouth, and its absence isn’t as noticeable. Out of 28 teeth (not counting wisdom teeth), you may even be able to effectively bite and chew without one or two of them. Nevertheless, whether your lost tooth offends your sensibilities or not, what remains of your oral health can suffer without a full lineup of functional teeth.
Mimicking Nature’s Own Design
Dental bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures are designed to fill the ranks in your smile by replacing the parts of your teeth that extend above the gum line, called the crowns. A natural tooth, though, consists of one or more roots that extend beyond the crown, underneath your gums, and are embedded in your jawbone. The pressures from biting and chewing stimulate these roots, and your body sends your jawbone enough essential nutrients to support your teeth through these roots. Without these roots, your jawbone receives fewer nutrients and can slowly deteriorate from the deficiency, leading to further tooth loss. Replacing this root with a dental implant, which is surgically inserted into your jawbone, can help restore the stimulation that calls nutrients to your jawbone, preserving its integrity and ability to hold on to your remaining teeth.
Preserve Your Smile with Help from Your Polk City Family Dentist
To learn more about the consequences of tooth loss and how dental implants can help prevent them, schedule an appointment with your Polk City family dentist by calling Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001. Located in the 50226 area, we proudly welcome families from Des Moines, Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.