When you lose a tooth, the most obvious effect is the aesthetic since the
way you look affects the way you feel. However, there are less apparent
issues associated with tooth loss, specifically in the area of the missing
tooth. In truth, it’s more about the bone surrounding the area rather
than the tooth itself.
The alveolar (sac-like) bone which supports teeth, the required stimulation
derives from the teeth themselves. Teeth make hundreds of brief and transient
contacts with each other throughout each day. These minor stresses are
transmitted through the periodontal ligament which suspends and connects
each tooth in its socket.
When a tooth is lost, it results in a substantial decrease of stimulation
that leads to loss of alveolar bone. In the first year after tooth loss,
there is a 25% decrease in the width of that bone and a 4 millimeter decrease
in height over the next couple of years. As the bone loses width and height
continuously, gum tissue gradually decreases as well.
Once the alveolar bone is lost, the bone beneath – called the basal
bone – also starts to deteriorate. In addition, the distance from
the nose to the chin decreases, resulting in the lower third of the face
to partially collapse. With no support for having a lost tooth, the cheeks
can become hollow, making a person more prone to jack fractures.
How Austell Dental Associates Can Help
Clearly, a missing tooth is associated with serious negative consequences. Our
Austell dentists are capable of helping you maintain a healthy smile. We offer dental implants
to help slow the shrinking of bone and gum tissue, which typically last
over 15 years.
If you are interested cosmetic dentistry or tooth implants in Georgia,
schedule an appointment with our dentist at Austell Dental Associates today.