When Minimal Structure Impacts Your Health

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Losing a tooth during the course of your life, while certainly not favorable, can occur from time to time. Indeed, your treatment plan will vary depending on your unique needs, and your situation will continue to get worse the longer you wait. Because of this, our team recommends you come into our office for your next best steps as soon as possible. In today’s blog, your Prairie Village, KS prosthodontist describes what happens when you wait to have a tooth replaced, and how bone grafting can benefit you.

Benefits of a Full Smile

While it may seem like a mostly cosmetic concern, tooth loss impacts your smile in more ways than you might initially have thought. For instance, it is important to note how your structures function together. You see, your tooth establishes a secure relationship with your jawbone, which offers a few different benefits. First, this relationship affords your tooth stability by making it possible for your crown to properly absorb the pressure of your bite without falter. Second, the presence of a tooth root actively stimulates the bone, which subsequently keeps it strong and healthy.

That being said, when you lose even a single structure, your entire bite becomes compromised. This makes it difficult to perform routine tasks such as biting, chewing, eating, and even enunciating. What’s more? You may even experience strain or tension as your bite readjusts to accommodate the missing structure.

As a solution to this complication, your dentist may recommend the help of implant dentistry. Indeed, the biocompatible post functions as an artificial root with the ability to restore your smile in no time. To learn more about this process, reach out to our team.

How Degradation Poses a Threat

The longer you go without a structure, the more difficult it will be to provide effective treatment. You see, without the presence of a root, there is nothing present to continue stimulating the jawbone and keep it strong. Over time, this will result in the gradual degradation of your structure.

If you do not seek treatment in a timely manner, your risk of treatment complications rises significantly. In some cases, this even results in restorative failure. Reach out to our office to learn more today.

Understanding Structural Support

While degradation may occur, there is additional treatment you can seek to repair the worn-down structure. Indeed, bone grafting involves rebuilding your bone through biocompatible material and grafting so that, once treatment is complete, your jaw will once again be able to support your structures, including a dental implant.

Learn More Today

Contact Dr. Stuart Dexter, Prosthodontist in Prairie Village, KS by calling 913-362-8200 to learn more about the need for bone grafting and dental implants, and schedule your appointment today.