The Importance of Replacing a Missing Tooth after Oral Injury

January 31, 2017 — by Dr.Thomas Tang
Tags: Restorative Dentistry Dental Implants Dental Bridges

An illustration of a tooth, from root to crownUnfortunately, tooth loss can occur to anyone, even those who are meticulous in their oral hygiene. It may seem unfair, but oral injury is a sad fact of life. Patients who visit their general dentistry practice twice a year for thorough oral exams and professional cleanings can suffer tooth loss just as easily due to injury as those who have never set foot in a dental office in their entire lives.

Fortunately, experienced dentists such as Dr. Thomas Tang are able to restore health, function, and aesthetics to mouths that have been affected by oral injury. In discussing the issue of tooth loss and oral injury during consultations at his Brookfield, WI dental practice, however, Dr. Tang is careful to stress that timeliness of treatment is an important consideration for patients. If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth due to oral injuries, it is essential that you seek immediate replacement of these teeth. By doing so, you can help to ensure that your long-term oral health does not decline and that your quality of life returns to normal as quickly as possible.

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth due to an oral injury, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Thomas Tang at Brookfield Family Dentistry today.

Why Is It So Important to Replace Missing Teeth Immediately after an Oral Injury?

Tooth loss triggers an unfortunate response in your body. Your body has only so many nutrients and other vital resources to go around. When a part of your body is no longer seen as serving an essential purpose, the body will no longer spare that part any of those resources. Therefore, when a tooth is lost, the underlying soft and hard tissues that once supported that tooth - the gum and jawbone tissues, respectively - will no longer receive the resources they need to remain healthy. They will subsequently fall into disrepair and start to degrade. As a result, the structural integrity of the entire mouth will be affected.

These aren’t the only changes that will take place. The teeth adjacent to the gap once occupied by a missing tooth will start to move toward that space. This movement of the teeth causes alignment and bite problems, and can also contribute to temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder.

In general, people with missing teeth are more vulnerable to a variety of serious oral health problems, from gum disease to further tooth loss. Fortunately, the risk of these problems is immediately lowered through the replacement of missing teeth. The premier method of replacing missing teeth is currently dental implants. Implant-supported restorations provide the strongest, most durable, and most stable method of replacing missing teeth available. Dr. Tang restores dental implants at his practice, working with the finest oral surgeons in the area to ensure the best results possible for his valued patients.

Learn More about Tooth Loss and Oral Injury

To learn more about tooth loss and oral injury, please contact Brookfield Family Dentistry today.