Dealing with tooth loss can sometimes be trickier than it seems at first. It can be obvious that the tooth needs to be replaced for the good of your smile’s appearance and your oral health, but what about the reason why you lost the tooth in the first place? For many people, that reason is gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss due to the damage it does to your smile’s foundation. If gum disease is why you experienced tooth loss, then dealing with it will be essential to preserving your smile before you can restore it by replacing your lost tooth.

Gum disease, before you lose a tooth

The reason gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss is because it’s often allowed to become severe before patients seek treatment for it. The best way to prevent tooth loss from the condition is to prevent gum disease from developing, or to treat and manage it as early as possible. It’s a chronic condition that continuously grows more severe over time, and even if you’ve developed it, you can still save your smile and prevent the loss of a tooth.

Treating your gums before dealing with tooth loss

To stop gum disease from becoming worse, it takes routine, professional care and maintenance with your dentist or oral health specialist. If you’ve lost a tooth, it’s important to receive that care and maintenance before replacing your tooth with a dental implant restoration. Because it’s progressive, gum disease will continue affecting your gums and dental ridge even after you’ve lost a tooth to it. If you don’t address it, the same effects can cause you to lose more teeth, or cause your dental implant to fail, if you were to receive one.

Avoiding gum disease before losing more teeth

While gum disease may be the leading cause of gum disease, it isn’t the only common cause of it. If you’ve lost a tooth because accidental trauma, an extensive tooth infection, or other reason, then dealing with gum disease may not play a factor in restoring your smile. However, it can still be a threat after you’ve replaced your lost tooth, and if it develops in the future, it can threaten your healthy teeth and implant restoration. Be sure to maintain consistently good care of your smile to ensure that doesn’t happen, and to better preserve your healthy smile after it’s been restored.

Learn more about gum disease and tooth loss

Gum disease can be a significant factor in your tooth loss. If it is, then dealing with it will be necessary before you can replace your lost tooth 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.