Consequences of a Single Tooth Loss

Consequences of a Single Tooth Loss

cosmetic dentistry CharlottesvilleLosing one tooth can throw off the harmony and function of the entire oral health system. Tooth loss has devastating effects on our oral health and general wellness. Not only does losing a tooth put other teeth at risk, having an incomplete smile negatively affects our mood, self-esteem, and outlook on life. Fortunately, the effects of single tooth loss can be remedied by placing dental implants. These replacement teeth are used in oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as cosmetic dentistry to enhance oral function and the appearance of a smile.

How Tooth Loss Affects Oral Health

Tooth loss affects oral health in numerous ways. Losing a tooth affects the stability of other teeth because teeth support each other. When one tooth is lost, there is an empty space in the tooth socket. This means that teeth can shift and slide over time because there is now extra room in the mouth. When teeth lack support, they can also be lost as well.

The roots of teeth keep bone active and stimulated. When a tooth is lost, the bone that used to support its roots is no longer stimulated. If bone lacks stimulation, it can atrophy. Bone loss is a common, serious side effect to tooth loss – even if just one tooth is missing.

Another major consequence to tooth loss is the negative effect it has on one’s confidence and mood. People with incomplete smiles have a higher risk for developing depression and tend to socially isolate themselves because they are embarrassed of their appearance.

Replacing Teeth with Dental Implants

Implants have become the go-to method for treating tooth loss. Dental implants have also been used in cosmetic dentistry to replace badly damaged teeth. Our oral surgeon is an expert at placing dental implants among patients who have lost one or more teeth. These prosthetics are unique because they replace all tooth structure, including the roots. Since they are stabilized by bone, they can support restorations like crowns and bridges for decades.

Call us today to reserve a tooth replacement consultation with our oral surgeon.