Tooth loss has a wide array of consequences, beyond the obvious aesthetic ones. The best way to approach tooth loss is through prevention. It is necessary to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once, and obtain dental cleanings every 6 months. Failure to do so can lead to tooth loss, as well as many other issues.
Jaw Bone Deterioration
Bones that aren’t exercised begin to atrophy. Your jaw bone functions the same way. When you chew, the pressure goes down the tooth into the jaw bone. This helps the jawbone remain healthy. When you lose a tooth, that pressure ceases. The area of the jawbone surrounding the missing tooth begins to deteriorate. This can complicate the options for replacing teeth, rendering bone grafting necessary prior to receiving an implant. Additionally, jawbone loss can cause the facial structure to shift and sag.
Shifting of Remaining Teeth
Tooth loss can lead to the remaining teeth shifting in the mouth. Not only can this undo years of orthodontic work, but it can also make your teeth more susceptible to decay. Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean and can cause significant damage to your oral health. These teeth can then decay and lead to additional tooth loss.
Replacing your teeth is important because not doing so results in many issues. Tooth loss can cause lowered self-esteem, jawbone deterioration, and allows the remaining teeth to shift, among many other issues. Preventing tooth loss in the first place is the best, easiest way to prevent these problems from happening. It is important to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. You must also receive regular dental cleanings and floss daily. To learn more about how to keep your teeth healthy, contact us at Bismarck Advanced Dental and Implants.