Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Feb 15, 2022

When you lose a tooth, a number of things can happen to your smile in quick succession. That is why our Elmhurst dental implant dentists are here to help you make the best possible decisions when faced with oral hygiene emergencies. Keep reading to get more information about how your oral health can be affected by tooth loss.

Dental Alignment

When you lose a tooth you immediately gain a gap in your smile. Over time you may find that your natural smile starts to migrate toward that space between your teeth, causing crowding and crooked alignment along the way. If you want to minimize your risk of developing alignment issues, you should talk to your dental team about restorative replacement teeth that can “fill the gap.”


Every natural tooth root is anchored in jawbone tissue; your bone tissue helps to keep your dental root strong and vice versa. When you lose a tooth, the surrounding bone tissue can begin to weaken and break down. The best way to address this problem is to receive a replacement tooth that includes a titanium root (in place of a natural root). Titanium bonds to bone tissue, so these replacement roots help to fortify your jawbone.

Additional Tooth Loss

Unfortunately, tooth loss can become a recurring problem if underlying structural dental issues are not addressed in timely manner. If you have lost a tooth, please don’t wait to talk to your dental team about steps you can take right now to support a healthy smile.

Don’t let tooth loss derail your smile—you have treatment options! Our Elmhurst dental implant dentists can fill you in on everything you need to know. We look forward to speaking with you!