Did you know that tooth loss isn’t a natural result of aging? If most or all of the elders in your family have experienced it, then you may believe it is. The truth, however, is that tooth loss is a direct result of one or more specific oral health issues, and if you can prevent or control these issues, you have a good chance of avoiding tooth loss for life. At our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office, we have extensive experience helping patients rebuild their smiles following the loss of one or more teeth. We can also help you understand more about tooth loss so you have a better chance of preventing it from happening again.

Its biggest cause is gum disease, not tooth disease

Many patients believe that the biggest cause of adult tooth loss must be a condition that affects your tooth structure, such as tooth decay. However, the most frequent cause of tooth loss is gum disease, which erodes the gum tissues and jawbone structure that support your teeth. Without adequate support, your teeth are much more likely to fall out or require extraction as part of your gum disease treatment. Because of this, preventing gum disease is one of the most important parts of reducing your risks of tooth loss.

The loss is only the beginning of your smiles’ problems

Losing teeth can seem like the worst part of a chronic condition like gum disease. However, after you’ve lost one or more teeth, your smile can face significantly more risks because of it. For example, tooth loss can cause your remaining teeth to shift out of place and throw your bite pressure off balance. The loss of your teeth roots can have a detrimental effect on the mass and density of your jawbone structure. Because the damage continues, you shouldn’t hesitate to replace your missing teeth, preferably with one or more dental implants.

Only one restoration replaces all of your lost tooth

While you have several options for dealing with tooth loss, only one offers the advantage of replacing all of your lost tooth’s structure – including the root that secured it. Dental implants are small, root-like posts that can be inserted into your jawbone in place of your lost teeth roots. The ability to replace missing teeth roots with lifelike posts is a significant advantage when it comes to restoring and preserving your smile. In addition to offering unmatched support for your replacement teeth, the implant posts can also help ensure your jawbone remains strong and healthy for life.

Learn more about dealing with tooth loss

Though tooth loss is a concern for many patients, knowing as much as you can about it can help you better protect and restore your 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.