Replace The One Tooth That Got Away

You’ve lost a tooth, but your aren’t 8 years old.

The tooth fairy isn’t going to take it if you leave it under your pillow, and you certainly aren’t going to get any money for it.

In fact, it will probably cost you a little bit to get it replaced, which is why you may be wondering if it needs to be replaced.

No, it doesn’t as long as you don’t mind continuing to lose more teeth down the road.

A missing tooth leads to a lot more problems. The dentists at Moss in Fredericksburg, VA, don’t want you to lose any more teeth than you already have, and one way they can do that is with a dental implant.

Missing Teeth And Bone Loss

You may already know a little bit about the anatomy of your teeth. The visible part that sticks of our gums is the crown. The part under your gums is the root, and just like the root of a tree, this holds your tooth in place.

Your teeth are held by your maxilla on the top and by your mandible on the bottom. You may not realize that your roots help to keep these bones healthy.

Every time you bite down, your roots push into your jawbones. This stimulation encourages new growth, which keeps those bones strong.

When you lose a tooth, your bone loses stimulation. Within 12 months, that part of your bone can lose up to 25 percent of its bone density.

If you don’t replace that tooth, the bone loss will spread. As it spreads, it can loosen the grip your bone has on the teeth adjacent to your oral vacancy.

When those teeth fall out, your bone loss will continue at a more rapid pace. Over time, it could cost you every tooth in that arch of your mouth. We are a confident that this will not improve your smile.

Lost Chewing Ability

Our teeth are not there just so we can smile. They also serve an important role in our overall health.

Teeth allow us to bite into and chew our food. If you are missing one tooth, you may think that can’t be much of a problem. And it probably won’t be … at first.

In addition to keeping your jaw bones healthy, your teeth also provide support for each other. When one tooth is removed, the teeth next to it may start to drift slowly into the open space.

As your teeth become looser, this will limit the force your are able to put into each bite and each chew. Eating may become more of a chore, rather than a pleasant break from the rest of your day.

As more of your teeth drift, come loose, or fall out, eating will become harder and harder.

How much do you like soup?

Root Replacement

We’ve explained how one missing tooth can start your mouth on a downward spiral. We don’t want that for you.

To prevent the problems we mentioned above, you need to replace the root of your missing tooth. Dental implants are the way to do this.

For a long time, most teeth replacement options focused on the missing crowns of your teeth. (This is what many dentures still do today.)

Dental implants are made of titanium. When one of these cylinders is placed into your jawbone, the bone will bond to the implant as it heals.

This means the implant is held in place much like the roots of your remaining healthy teeth. This also means your implant can provide similar stimulation to the bone. This will encourage the kind of new growth needed to keep your bones strong.

Each implant has an abutment on the end. We can fit this abutment with a dental crown. The dental crown looks just like a real tooth, and it functions like a real tooth, too.

With your implant and your crown, your smile will look natural. You will be able to eat like you always have, and you won’t have to worry about losing more teeth to bone loss.

Your dental implant and dental crown are the perfect duo to keep the rest of your natural teeth in place.

Want To Learn More?

If you would like to know if a dental implant or implants could help replace your missing tooth or teeth, make plans to visit Moss. Our dentist office is located in Fredericksburg, VA.

Call (540) 369-4926 or make an appointment online.