Consequences Of Single Tooth Loss
All our teeth are held securely in place by their roots in the jawbone. Loss of a single tooth is often due to trauma or tooth decay. When a single tooth is lost, and is not immediately replaced, the surrounding bone will begin to resorb or shrink in the empty space, because it is no longer stimulated by the tooth's roots. With no adjacent support, the neighboring teeth begin to drift toward the area of the missing tooth.
The amount of bone loss and the pattern of drifting will vary depending on the individual and the location of tooth loss. The drifting of one tooth may lead to the drifting of several teeth, resulting in a significant amount of movement.
Periodontal disease may begin to form after your teeth have drifted and erupted because it becomes difficult to properly clean your gums and reach all of the pockets in those areas. This may lead to tooth decay, receding gums, and further tooth loss.
Let's take a close-up look at what happens when a single tooth is lost of extracted in cross section below:
The socket is empty and the surrounding bone is not needed to support the missing tooth.
Bone Loss continues
In addition to the surrounding bone, the jaw bone, not needed to support teeth, begins to shrink.
Bone preservation techniques help preserve the jaw bone and prevent shrinkage in order to make dental implant placement possible.
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