If a tooth becomes loose and falls out of your mouth, there could be different reasons as to why this happened. It is not an ideal situation to be in and if the tooth was in the front of the mouth and highly visible it can be an incredibly distressing circumstance to experience. But even if a tooth that is not made visible when you talk or smile is missing, the last thing you want to do is wait to have it fixed.
There is a common misconception that smile restoration is only cosmetic. While it does serve cosmetic purposes fixing lost teeth is also necessary to preserve one’s oral health. And even for those that know that replacing missing teeth is something that is necessary, whether it be the expense of the process, the fear of it, or the lack of knowledge about what to do in this situation can all be why a person does not immediately go into their local dentist to have their broken smile redone.
In California, the San Diego implant dentist at McBride Dental can help you if you have one or more missing teeth.
Even if you are not fearful of surgery or if you know what needs to be done to fix a tooth or multiple teeth that are missing, you may simply think you can’t schedule the time for the procedure. But putting off such a necessary and vital medical treatment could lead to unintentional complications and consequences.
Your mouth is at its ultimate strength when all of your teeth are in their proper place. When just one is gone, with time your other teeth will begin to shift to make up for the extra space. As this happens, your smile can become crooked and teeth misaligned. To straighten things out again, you may need to go through orthodontic treatment. Though even after orthodontic treatment is finished, there is still the issue of that extra space. And, now you are in no better position than when you first lost your tooth, but you are in a costlier one because you had to pay for your orthodontic work and still need a dental implant.
In addition to your teeth moving, the longer you wait to fix a missing tooth the more jaw bone degradation will take place. Your teeth keep your jawbone strong and when a tooth is not where it is supposed to be the bone in that location will start to waste away. This may start out just in the location where the tooth is lost but eventually, it will start to affect the rest of the bone nearby and that tissue too, will deteriorate. When that happens, the teeth that you do have left in your mouth will no longer have a stable foundation to hold onto and now they are at risk of falling out of your mouth.
The bottom line when it comes to missing teeth is there is no good that can come from delaying treatment. This is a serious matter and should be addressed soon after a tooth has been misplaced from the mouth. To schedule a free consultation to discuss tooth loss and treatment options, please call the San Marcos dental implant doctor at McBride Dental today at (760) 471-1003