How Should You Handle Tooth Loss?

If you’ve never experienced tooth loss as an adult, then the best way to handle your risks of it is to keep your smile healthy through consistently good hygiene and regular preventive dental care. If you have lost a tooth, however, then the best way to handle it is to replace the tooth as soon as possible to avoid further complications with your dental health. In most cases, a dental implant offers the best way to handle tooth loss because it is the only way to address your missing tooth root.

What You Should Know First

Tooth loss most notably affects your smile’s appearance and your ability to bite and chew comfortably. The tooth’s crown, or visible portion, not only fills out your smile but also helps maintain your bite’s balance. In the long-term, though, the loss of your tooth’s root can have more drastic consequences. The roots of your teeth support the crowns and provide stimulation within your jawbone every time you bite and chew. This stimulation is what signals your body to send your jawbone a sufficient amount of nutrients, and when you lose a tooth’s root, the diminished stimulation means fewer nutrients sent to your jawbone.

How to Completely Replace the Tooth

A dental implant is a small post that is designed to replace the support and stimulation of your lost tooth root. The implant post is inserted into your jawbone, which fuses to the post as it heals. Then, your dentist can place a lifelike dental crown on top of the post, creating a complete replacement for your lost tooth’s root and crown.

Learn How to Bounce Back from Tooth Loss

To learn more about how to bounce back from tooth loss, call Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.