When you believe that tooth loss is inevitable, you may be more likely to miss the chances you get to prevent it. In many cases, tooth loss is the result of a chronic dental health condition, like gum disease, that has been allowed to progress too far. With the exception of things like accidental trauma or the need for extraction due to an unavoidable issue, tooth loss is largely preventable for most people. By understanding what can often lead to it, you’ll have a much better chance of preserving all of your healthy, natural teeth for life.
Chronic dental health issues
Dental health issues that develop from the accumulation of oral bacteria, such as tooth decay and gum disease, are the most common dental issues to affect adults’ smiles. In fact, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. When they first develop, gum disease and tooth decay can seem like minor issues. A tooth might become sensitive as decay sets in and starts to progress, but maybe not severe enough to cause you any serious concern. Your gums might look red and a little swollen, but if they don’t hurt, you might dismiss that, too. This can allow the condition to grow worse, eroding your tooth structure (decay) or gum tissues (gum disease) and raising your risks of tooth loss.
Increasingly worse tooth damage
Much like early signs of chronic dental health issues, it can often be easy to ignore seemingly minor damage to your tooth structure. For instance, many people choose to leave their teeth as is when one of them chips or has a light crack on its surface, especially if the damage isn’t highly visible when they smile. Yet, any damage to your tooth structure will get worse over time because your teeth can’t heal the damage. The worse it gets, the greater the risks will be of the damage becoming so severe that the tooth becomes lost or has to be extracted to restore your smile.
A previous restoration that fails
Because tooth damage and other issues often cause discomfort, many people seek treatment in time to restore the tooth and alleviate the pain before the condition becomes too severe. However, an improperly placed restoration or one that isn’t cared for properly may fail over time, leaving the tooth underneath it exposed to further harm. Depending on how long it takes you to realize the failure and the nature of the tooth’s concern, you may lose the tooth or require extraction by the time you visit your dentist again.
Learn how to avoid tooth loss
Tooth loss is typically the result of an underlying oral health condition, which makes it largely preventable by avoiding or managing such conditions early. 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.