Challenging Problems That Occur After Tooth Loss

A single lost tooth creates several potential issues that you will have to navigate. The problems can grow more significant if you lose more teeth, but at the beginning, tooth loss can become a problem for your appearance, and your dental function. It can even create problems for your jawbone over time. Your Rapid City, SD dentist’s office is ready to help you restore your complete smile. By having a dental implant placed, and then having the implant restored with a durable and lifelike artificial tooth, you can recover from the problems that tooth loss can create. If you delay treatment, the problems occurring with your jawbone can create problems for implant placement – if your smile is incomplete, let your dentist know!

You Can Experience Difficulties With Biting And Chewing

Functional difficulties can become more significant if you lose multiple teeth, but even one gap in your smile is enough to create some awkwardness. Simply adjusting the way you bite and chew can be less effective than you think, because you can put too much wear and tear on remaining teeth. You also have to be cautious about putting too much pressure on teeth surrounding an absence, because these teeth have less support and may shift.

Your Neighboring Teeth Can Shift And Loosen

While the roots of teeth offer much of their stability, the close proximity of neighboring teeth also help by providing important support. Any teeth next to an absence become more vulnerable to shifting, and loosening; your gap can become bigger if neighboring teeth are eventually lost because of this issue. While a surface restoration gives neighboring teeth more support, the implant itself also helps to keep the roots of teeth from shifting.

Your Jawbone Can Start To Deteriorate

A person who suffers tooth loss can eventually experience changes that affect their appearance by giving them a sunken look. When you use your teeth to bite and chew, the roots stimulate your jawbone, which results in the movement of nutrients to the bone. After that stimulation goes away, the delivery of nutrients stops as well. Fortunately, dental implants are able to provide the stimulation responsible for that nutrient flow, so deterioration is no longer a concern. If you have already lost some mass in your jaw, your dentist may need to recommend a bone graft to prepare you for your implant placement.

Find Out How Dental Implants Can Help You Recover From Tooth Loss

Hillsview Dental is able to restore a person’s smile, and improve their dental function, with dental implants. Implants can be counted on to support lifelike restorations, and give you back your confidence in your smile. You can also be glad to know that you can bite and chew food with more comfort. To arrange your consultation with Dr. Brian G. Criss, call Hillsview Dental today at 605-342-6652. We look forward to hearing from you!