It’s a scary thought, losing a tooth. Many of us even have nightmares about it that leave us waking up in a cold sweat! It’s no wonder, too: your teeth are a fundamental part of your life. You don’t even really think about your teeth until something goes wrong with them, but once it does you’ll constantly wonder how do I go about replacing lost teeth.
Losing a single tooth can be a sign of something bad, and no matter how it’s lost the risks are the same. The potential for a domino effect of lost teeth that won’t end until every single on is gone. We’ve stopped plenty of cases of tooth loss at our Beverly Hills Dental Office, and today Dr. Zadeh, dental implant and restoration specialist, will tell you why stopping tooth loss early is so important.
The Beginning: A Single Tooth
You can lose a tooth for a number of reasons. Most commonly it’s due to gum disease, followed by tooth decay and traumatic injury. It really doesn’t matter how you lose a tooth because it causes the beginning of the same biological process in each instance.
Teeth are supported by your gums as well as the bone sockets that house them. The thin bone in your jaw only really serves the purpose of being a space to hold your teeth. When there isn’t a tooth there anymore your body takes it as a signal to resorb the bone into your body.
Just losing a bit of bone at the front and back of the socket wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but it doesn’t end there. Bone loss hits the entire socket, leading to a loss of support for the neighboring teeth as well. That’s how the domino effect begins.
The Dominos Start to Fall
There’s no one tooth that’s any more important than another when it comes to keeping your smile in one piece. That’s why it’s essential to stop the loss of teeth from the very beginning with a dental implant to help replace lost teeth right away.
An implant is a titanium screw that perfectly mimics the size and shape of a tooth root. They’re placed in your jaw exactly where a missing tooth was, and fill the role of that tooth perfectly. Because they’re made of titanium they are able to bond to your bone. Forming a strong and lifelong bond that will leave you with the next best thing to a natural tooth.
Implants are restored with advanced ceramic crowns that are custom built to match the appearance of your natural teeth. Before long you probably won’t even remember which one is the implant!
The best part, of course, is that implants stop bone loss in its tracks. Because the implant bonds to your bone it strengthens and protects you from future problems, making in the superior method to restoring lost teeth.
Don’t wait – that bone won’t get stronger!
Whether you’ve just lost a tooth or are considering getting an implant to replace a bridge we’re here to help! Never hesitate to contact our Beverly Hills Dental Office with questions or to schedule your appointment today!
You can reach us at (310) 273-9919. We look forward to seeing you.