The fact that the most common cause of adult tooth loss – periodontal disease – is also one of the most common oral health conditions can make it seem like losing a tooth is inevitable. Even patients who don’t have periodontal disease may fear experiencing tooth loss, or losing more teeth than they already have, as they grow older. At our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office, our goal isn’t just to restore your smile following tooth loss, but also help you reduce your risks of losing the healthy, natural teeth that still remain.
A few important notes about adult tooth loss
As a child, losing your baby teeth is inevitable, but as an adult, the permanent set that now fills your smile should remain healthy and strong for life – and they’re designed to. Your teeth are protected by the strongest substance your body produces (enamel) and their roots stimulate your jawbone to feed them nutrients every time you bite and chew. However, if you lose one, then the rest of your teeth will experience a reduction in the amount of nutrients they receive. They might also shift out of alignment, making them more susceptible to developing decay or becoming severely damaged.
Lowering your risks before tooth loss
Tooth loss doesn’t occur for no reason. As mentioned above, the most common cause of it is severe gum disease, and preventing or controlling gum disease is essential to preserving your teeth for life. You can also lower your risks of severe tooth decay by keeping up with excellent hygiene and routine dental care, and minimize the chances of dental trauma by wearing a mouthguard when you play contact sports. If you have any existing dental health issues, then we advise seeking treatment for them as soon as possible, before it compromises your natural teeth and their foundation.
Managing your risks after tooth loss
After losing one tooth, the reduced stimulation in your jawbone immediately increases your risks of losing more. Less stimulation means fewer minerals and nutrients to your jawbone, and the resulting loss of mass and density makes it more difficult for your jawbone to support your remaining healthy teeth. The only way to reduce this risk is to reestablish the stimulation, which is one of the main goals of lifelike dental implant posts. After losing a tooth, your best chance at avoiding jawbone degradation is with the help of a dental implant post.
Learn how to control your risks of tooth loss
Tooth loss is a common concern for adults, but it doesn’t have to be inevitable as you think. To learn more about controlling your risks of tooth loss, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.