Understanding the Effects of Tooth Loss

August 7, 2018

Losing a tooth as an adult is not quite as fun and exciting as it is when it happens as a child. In fact, the experience can be quite traumatic. Aside from there not being a visit from the tooth fairy, there is also a handful of serious and negative consequences from losing a permanent adult tooth. Your dentist in Olathe, KS, can help you to understand the effects of tooth loss as well as helping you overcome them. Your dentist can also help you to avoid tooth loss in the first place through routine exams and cleanings.

Bone Density Loss in Jaw

Each of your teeth along with each of their roots stimulate your jawbone. When a tooth is lost, the stimulation from it and its roots is lost. Your body is then signaled to stop sending important nutrients and may even start taking nutrients away from the area. This process of bone resorption can lead to a loss of bone density in your jaw, which can weaken the structure that supports the rest of your teeth. It can also soften your jaw to change the shape of your face and mouth. Changing shape and size can affect the way that a dental prosthetic, like dentures or a bridge, fits your mouth. A dental implant can replace the roots of your tooth to stimulate your jaw and deter bone resorption.

Smile Health

Along with a weakened foundation for the rest of your teeth, your teeth can also begin to shift into the empty void left by a lost tooth. This can lead to overcrowding in some areas that can create hiding places for bacteria (bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease). If the cause of the tooth loss was decay or gum disease, it will need to be managed to stop the risk to the rest of your teeth. Improved hygiene and regular dental cleanings can help keep both progressive diseases at bay.

Losing a Tooth Can Impact Your Smile

Restoring a tooth after loss can minimize the effects. To schedule a consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.