These days, tooth loss is a problem for many patients, but it isn’t as much of one as it used to be. For instance, with a custom bridge or denture (or an appropriate number of dental implants), most patients can rebuild their smiles with enough realism to forget that they’ve lost teeth. With advanced dental techniques and materials, patients can also address most dental issues that lead to tooth loss before they become that serious. Today, we take a look at the most common ways to deal with tooth loss, either by replacing your lost teeth or preventing it from happening in the first place.
Replacing the Lost Teeth as Soon as Possible
When you lose a tooth, the best thing you can do for your smile and quality of life is to replace it as soon as possible. Besides the appearance of your smile, the loss also affects other things like how balanced your bite is when you bite and chew, and how sturdy nearby teeth are under the pressure. Replacing lost teeth helps mitigate or prevent these effects, especially if your prosthesis is supported on one or more dental implant posts.
Preventing Further Tooth Loss
Even if you’ve already lost teeth, it’s still possible to prevent losing more teeth and preserve your healthy, natural smile. For example, keeping your smile healthy with regularly good hygiene and preventive care can help you avoid the development of dental diseases that can lead to tooth loss. If you replace your lost teeth with dental implants, then the posts can also ensure that your jawbone remains strong and healthy enough to continue supporting your remaining teeth for life.
Learn How Best to Deal with Tooth Loss
If you experience tooth loss, then learn how to deal with it properly with help from your dentist. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.