If you lose one or more teeth, or have to undergo tooth extraction to deal with a severe problem, then it’s important to replace it in order to restore your smile. However, in addition to the loss of your tooth itself, there are other considerations that may have an effect on how, exactly, you deal with the loss. Today, we examine a few of these considerations, including the extent of your tooth loss and how you can optimize the results of your smile restoration.
How many teeth you’ve lost
The extent of your tooth loss is one of the more immediate considerations when it comes to dealing with it. For example, common tooth replacement options, including custom-designed dental bridges and dentures, are designed to address different severities of tooth loss. If you’ve only lost a single tooth, or multiple adjacent teeth, then a dental bridge could be the most appropriate solution. More extensive cases of tooth loss can require a partial or full denture to restore several or all of the teeth on your dental ridge, respectively.
How long it’s been since you’ve lost teeth
Tooth loss is a big deal for your smile, and it’s natural to need time to adjust to the fact that you’ve experienced it. However, tooth loss also leads to several consequences that continue to grow more severe over time. You shouldn’t wait too long, or these consequences can begin to have notable impacts on the rest of your oral health, and may affect your smile restoration plan, as well. For instance, the loss of teeth can cause other teeth to shift, disrupt the proper balance of your bite, and even lead to lost mass and density in your jawbone structure. The sooner you replace your lost teeth with an appropriate prosthesis, the more effectively you can avoid these consequences and keep your smile restoration plan minimally invasive.
How to support your replacement teeth
In addition to choosing a dental bridge or denture according to the extent of your tooth loss, your options for restoring your smile may also include supporting your restoration on an appropriate number of dental implant posts. Dental implants mimic healthy, natural teeth roots, and are posts that can be inserted into your jawbone to mimic how teeth roots function. This function includes supporting your restoration with greater stability, and preventing concerns like the shifting of your restoration over time.
Learn more about dealing with tooth loss
Dealing with tooth loss properly can be essential in preserving your smile’s health, integrity, appearance, and more. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.