Preventing tooth loss can help you avoid a lot of potentially serious problems with your oral health in the future. However, when tooth loss does occur, your risks of experiencing these problems and the subsequent results of them become substantially higher. For example, in addition to the change in your smile’s appearance, tooth loss can also have a negative impact on your overall oral health, including your bite’s ability to function properly.

The different impacts of losing a tooth

When you lose a tooth, your smile and oral health lose an important part of their overall makeup. Everyone of your teeth are meant to help support and stabilize each other, which means losing one can cause the teeth closest to it to lose some of their own strength and integrity when you bite and chew. The longer this continues, the more at-risk your remaining teeth will be of shifting out of alignment, or being exposed to excessive amounts of your bite’s pressure. The loss of the tooth’s root can also lead to a domino effect of negative consequences to the health and integrity of your jawbone structure, which is the foundation of your bite and its ability to function properly.

Your bite’s balance and function over time

The different impacts of tooth loss can affect your bite’s balance and function in multiple ways over time. For example, when your remaining teeth shift out of alignment because of the empty space in your smile, this can lead to a further imbalance in your bite’s pressure when you bite and chew. This can force your teeth further out of alignment and make them more vulnerable to other concerns, including being lost, as well. When your jawbone structure loses mass and density due to the loss of the tooth’s root, these risks may also be higher as your jawbone structure continues to grow weaker.

How to restore more of your bite’s function

When it comes to restoring your smile, oral health, and bite function after tooth loss, the most successful way to achieve it is to replace the lost tooth with a lifelike replacement. This can include utilizing a dental implant post to replace the lost tooth’s root and provide more lifelike support for the tooth’s replacement crown. By replacing the lost tooth’s root, a dental implant restoration can also more successfully restore your bite’s overall function and improve the long-term state of your oral health.

Learn how to recover from the effects of tooth loss

Losing a tooth can impact more of your oral health than you realize at first, and it’s important to replace the lost tooth as soon as possible to avoid or limit these impacts. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park and all surrounding communities.