What happens if I lose a tooth?
You or a loved one may lose a permanent tooth (not including wisdom teeth) at some point. Losing just one tooth can set off a cascade of events in your mouth. The first thing people tend to notice is the physical appearance of missing a tooth. Within the first month of losing that tooth, you will lose 25% of the bone in that area! This is why a lot of dentists will consider placing a dental implant or place a bone graft to prevent further bone loss. Even with just a bone graft, after six months the bone will continue to be lost slowly over time if ...