How much are your teeth worth to you?
If you lost one, would you be willing to risk losing more?
Only you know the answer to the first question, but we hope your answer is a resounding “NO!” to the second one.
Losing one tooth isn’t an isolated incident. It actually does put more teeth at risk … unless you replace that lost tooth.
The best way to do that is with a dental implant and a dental crown from Plymouth Dentistry.
Our office is located in Plymouth, MI, and we’d love to help you restore your smile.
Causes Of Lost Teeth
Teeth don’t fall out spontaneously. Something has to happen that leads to a tooth coming loose or being forced out of its socket.
At the top of this list is bad oral hygiene. If you don’t take care of your mouth by brushing and flossing daily and by visiting the dentist for routine cleanings and examinations, then you are just asking for problems.
Gum disease is the leading cause of lost teeth in the United States. If you allow gum disease to persist, then it could lead to gum recession and damage to your bone. Both of these things can lead to loose teeth that can and do fall out.
Likewise, tooth decay can be treated early without any major consequences. However, you could risk an infection that requires a tooth extraction.
Traumatic injuries lead to their fair share of lost teeth every year. Whether you fall or get hit with an elbow, stick, ball, or puck, a blow to the face could pry one or more of your teeth out of their sockets.
And last but not least, failing to replace missing teeth can lead to more lost teeth.
We don’t mean to suggest that if you lose one tooth today, then another one will fall out tomorrow. Yet, you are risking additional tooth loss by letting the space in your smile and your jaw remain vacant.
Your teeth and your jaw have a mutually beneficial relationship. Your jaw holds your teeth in place. This allows you to smile pretty and to bite and chew your food.
Each bite does something for your jaw, too. When you chew, the roots of your teeth push into your jaw. This pressure leads to new tissue growth, and that keeps your jaw healthy and strong.
If you remove one of those teeth, you will start losing bone mass. Since your jaw is no longer getting the signal to make new tissue, it won’t replace the old tissue like it should.
As that loss continues, it can affect neighboring teeth as well.
Eventually, those teeth may become loose and fall out as well. At that point, the problem gets worse.
Like a set of slow-moving dominoes, if one falls, the rest could fall, too.
Take Action To Protect Your Remaining Teeth
To prevent a single lost tooth from turning into several lost teeth, you should replace that tooth as soon as possible.
This should start with a dental implant to replace the root of the missing tooth. Dental implants are placed into your jaw. Like your roots, they press into your jaw to encourage the kind of new bone growth that keeps the jaw strong.
This makes the dental implant more secure, so it can provide a stable foundation for your dental crown. It also prevents bone loss from affecting the adjacent teeth.
The dental crown takes the place of the crown of your natural tooth. The crown is the part of your tooth that people see when you smile and that you use to bite and chew your food.
Our dental crowns are made of materials (like zirconium) that are durable and strong so they function as well as your remaining natural teeth.
These dental crowns can be shaped and shaded to fit in naturally with the rest of your teeth. In truth, your dental implant crown is virtually indistinguishable from a real tooth.
Unless you tell people that one of your teeth is fake, they probably will never know the difference.
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