Sometimes a missing tooth calls for immediate action. For instance, if you’ve had a front tooth knocked out playing soccer, you cannot stop seeing the gap in the mirror and feeling self-conscious. But what if the tooth is in the back of your mouth and not easy to see? Is there still a need to replace the tooth?
Well, let’s talk about what happens when a tooth is lost. Under the surface of your gums, each tooth is surrounded by an alveolar bone, which helps support the tooth and keep it strong and in place. When the tooth is lost, this bone atrophies, and bone loss occurs. This is why people who have been longtime denture wearers can have a sunken in appearance to their mouths. Not only can you lose bone, but your teeth can also shift around in your mouth and you can experience bite problems and jaw pain.
The good news is that bone loss doesn’t have to be the result of tooth loss. Modern dental implant technology can restore your smile—whether you are missing a single tooth or many.
Dental implants have over a 95% success rate, are as strong as natural teeth, are easy to brush and floss, and can last for the rest of your life. They can also be used to stabilize a denture or a bridge, increasing both utility and comfort.
It’s easy to set up a consultation to discuss the pros and cons of getting dental implants. Just use our search tool to contact a friendly and knowledgeable Crown Council dental implants specialist in your area, and they can set you up with an informative dental implants consultation at your convenience.
It is important to note that the fastest bone loss occurs in the first six months after a tooth is lost, so if you think you may require a dental implant, don’t delay – contact your Crown Council dental implants dentist today!