When it comes to your dental health, there are some warning signs that are fairly obvious. For example, if your tooth hurts, for example, then there’s likely something wrong with it and you should seek dental treatment as soon as possible. However, there are also many things that seem minor at the moment, or are easy to ignore, but could become severe enough to lead to the loss of one or more teeth. With a focus on helping all patients enjoy their healthiest smiles, our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office explains a few of the things that could warn you tooth loss is a higher risk than you think.
You show signs of gingivitis (early gum disease)
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). The more severe stages of gum disease are the leading causes of tooth loss, and if you show signs of gingivitis, then your risks of losing teeth will becoming significantly higher as it progresses. The condition results from oral bacteria infecting your gums, and some of the first signs you may notice include:
- Redness and inflammation in your gums
- Bleeding when you brush and floss
- Chronic bad breath (or halitosis)
- Darkening areas of your gums
- And more
You have one or more loose teeth
Because of the affect that gum disease has on your gum tissues, which are largely responsible for supporting and protecting your teeth roots, gum disease can also cause your teeth to grow loose within their sockets. This is an indication of the damage the disease is doing to the supportive structures of your teeth – damage that will likely lead to tooth loss if not addressed promptly. Other reasons for loose teeth may include unnoticed damage to your tooth or oral tissues, and with prompt treatment, you may be able to address the condition in time to prevent tooth loss.
You have a restoration that failed
When you restore a tooth with a dental crown or other restoration, the goal is to stop whatever compromised the tooth from growing worse. If your restoration fails, whether you notice it at first or not, then the tooth will once again be at-risk of falling out or needing extraction. Pay close attention to your teeth and dental restorations every time you brush and floss, and visit your dentist regularly for more comprehensive inspections of your teeth, restoration, and oral tissues.
Learn more about tooth loss factors
With a wide range of potential causes for tooth loss, knowing what your risks are and what your symptoms mean could be essential to preserving your healthy, natural smile. To learn more, 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.