The thing about tooth loss is that, even when it seems sudden, there’s often an underlying condition that led to the loss occurring. In most instances, that condition is something that developed a while ago and has been progressing ever since, to the point that one or more of your teeth fall out or need to be extracted. Because of this, preventing tooth loss is an ongoing effort that largely revolves around avoiding the issues that can often lead to it.
Your progressive gum disease
Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss, and therefore, it’s one of the most important conditions to address if you develop it. At first, the disease might not seem significant. Its earliest stage, known as gingivitis, can develop noticeable symptoms like bleeding gums or irritation in the tissues. However, discomfort doesn’t usually occur until the disease has progressed enough to cause significant damage to the gums supporting your teeth. If you notice bleeding or any other changes in your gums, then we advise seeking treatment for it as soon as possible to control your overall tooth loss risks.
Your fractured or broken tooth
A cracked or broken tooth isn’t exactly a common cause of tooth loss because it’s usually treated and restored before it progresses much further. In many cases, the pain resulting from the damage is enough to prompt patients to seek treatment as soon as possible. However, if the damage is severe enough, or if you decide to wait to seek treatment for it, you can leave the tooth exposed to several other, more severe concerns. For example, the fracture or break might grow more severe, leaving little of your healthy tooth structure to restore. Or, the inner chamber of your tooth can become exposed to harmful oral bacteria, directly causing a severe internal tooth infection.
Your severe tooth infection
Your tooth doesn’t have to be damaged to be subject to severe infection. In fact, more moderate forms of tooth decay are much more common than you might realize (in fact, they’re the most common chronic dental health issue). Before it gets severe, tooth decay can often be treated conservatively to save a majority of your healthy tooth structure. As it progresses, though, it can infect the inner chamber of your tooth, the root canal that extends into your jawbone, and much of the healthy tooth structure above your gums. Extreme cases of decay can lead to the loss of the tooth and the need to replace it.
Call us if you do experience tooth loss
Preventing tooth loss is highly possible, but it isn’t an exact science. If you do experience tooth loss, then we may be able to rebuild your smile with a lifelike dental implant restoration. 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.