how to keep your smile healthy after tooth lossYour dentist’s goal is to help you maintain, restore, and preserve your smile by addressing all of the principles of good oral health care, even in the midst of tooth loss. Today, we take a look at good oral health goals, and how you can still maintain those goals after losing one or more teeth. The secret is often a combination of dental implant-supported prosthetics and expert care and maintenance.

Why You Need All of Your Teeth

When your mouth is full of healthy, natural teeth, you can help keep them safe by brushing and flossing them at least twice a day and attending regular dental checkups and cleanings. Unfortunately, things happen that can cause tooth loss in varying degrees, such as accidents or inadequate dental hygiene.

When you lose one or more teeth, replacing them is about more than restoring confidence in your smile; it’s also about restoring your smile’s ability to function properly. Balance allows your teeth to remain intact while biting and chewing, and losing even a single tooth can throw that balance into disarray, causing tooth damage under the excessive pressure.

The Foundation of Your Smile

As the foundation of your smile, your jawbone supports and sustains the teeth roots embedded within it. Simultaneously, your teeth roots help support your jawbone by inviting an adequate amount of nutrients. Losing a tooth and its root(s) can lead to diminished jawbone nourishment, and as your smile’s foundation weakens, it can lose its grip on more of your teeth.

Fortunately, you can help preserve your jawbone after tooth loss by replacing lost roots with one or more dental implants. Surgically inserted into your jawbone, dental implants offer lifelike support for your replacement teeth (i.e., dental crown, partial, or full denture) and can restore the stimulation that helps keep your jawbone well-nourished.

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