Unless you’re speaking with someone who’s recently lost teeth, or are specifically worried about it yourself, you might not speak much about tooth loss. Even if you don’t talk about it, though, you may instinctively realize that it is, or one day may be, a real threat to your oral health.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. Contrary to what many believe, tooth loss is preventable. And even if you lose teeth, you can still restore their functions and preserve your smile’s beauty, health, and integrity.
Is tooth loss a natural part of aging?
It happens enough that many patients believe tooth loss is inevitable. Yet, your adult set of teeth was meant to last for life (after all, you need them to process your food). The truth is that teeth are most often lost when dental diseases are allowed to wreak havoc with your teeth, gums, and jawbone, or when your teeth are irreparably injured.
My lost tooth isn’t visible; should I still replace it?
When you think “tooth loss,” you might think “gapped smile,” but if your gap isn’t visible, then you could underestimate the importance of replacing it. If you choose not to, then the empty space in your dental ridge will throw your bite off-balance, causing the rest of your teeth to shift, or wear down under excessive amounts of bite pressure.
Why are dental implants so often-recommended?
There are several options for replacing lost teeth, each designed to address varying degrees and patterns of tooth loss. However, dental bridges, partial dentures, and complete dentures work best when supported by an appropriate number of dental implants.
Made from titanium, dental implants are inserted into the jawbone to replace the roots of your lost teeth, and to support your replacement teeth in the same manner. Increased stability, improved comfort, and the ability to help preserve your jawbone’s integrity are just a few of the reasons why dental implants are so often-recommended.