Tooth loss isn’t a natural occurrence (permanent teeth were meant to last for life), but it happens enough that replacing lost teeth is a significant part of modern dentistry. Given their delicate nature and their connection to the rest of your oral health, how you replace missing teeth matters.

Dentists often recommend replacing lost teeth with one or more dental implants, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone to support a crown, bridge, or denture. Implants offer the most comprehensive solution by replacing the roots of your lost teeth – something other dental prosthetics aren’t designed to do.

The Truth About Tooth Loss

The visual effects of tooth loss, such as the gaps left in your smile, are but a fraction of tooth loss’ consequences. What you can’t see are the empty sockets in your jawbone left by missing teeth roots. When present, teeth roots help keep your jawbone strong and healthy by inviting nutrients when stimulated by biting and chewing.

Losing teeth means empty spaces in your smile, but losing teeth roots means losing a portion of the minerals and nutrients your jawbone used to receive. Over time, a malnourished jawbone will begin to shrink, or deteriorate, leading to facial collapse and possibly the loss of more teeth.

How Implants Mimic Real Teeth

If your dental crown, bridge, or denture is supported by implants, then the restored stimulation can help preserve the long-term integrity of your jawbone. Implant-secured dentures don’t grow loose, or need replacement as often, and by maintaining your jawbone’s strength, implants can also reduce the risk of future tooth loss. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then speak with your dentist soon about the possibility of replacing them with dental implants.

Riverside Dental Group and Dental Associate Offices Serves a Community Near You!

Our dentists look forward to caring for you and every member of your family with a comprehensive selection of services. We will maintain and improve your oral health with a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, restorative, implant, and emergency dentistry techniques. We also specialize in endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, and orthodontics, serving patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.