#5: Bone Loss
Many people don’t truly understand the concern when it comes to missing teeth and bone loss. Here’s what may happen with just one missing tooth:
- There’s a big gaping hole in your smile
- You have trouble chewing
- Your self-confidence is affected
- Your bone starts receding
- Your other teeth start shifting to fill the empty area
- Bite irregularities can cause pain
- Speech can change
- Facial structure & appearance can change
Ok, is that scary enough? But right now we’re talking about bone loss.
The most immediate concern with losing one tooth and the following bone loss is that once that bone is gone, it’s that there is no getting it back. There are expensive surgeries that can possibly help if you decide down the road to get an implant, but it is not guaranteed. You may have no options left in time.
Secondly, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth may now be affected by the bone loss. As it is resorbed in the middle, the natural angle of the bone may cause it to pull away from the healthy teeth, thus ending up with them being compromised.
In this scenario, the implant is a no-brainer. Unlike a bridge, the implant replaces the missing root, giving the same feedback to the bone as if you had your tooth. Now your bone is healthy and happy, constantly strengthening and reconfiguring itself as your implant provides pressure.
If you don’t decide right away to get an implant to replace your missing tooth, we definitely suggest a bone-graft to prolong your decision-making time. This can give you and extra 1-2 years of time before you really get the irreversible bone loss.