Tooth loss affects enough people that, to some, it may seem a natural part of the aging process. If that were true, then nearly everyone would be destined to experience tooth loss. Yet, the rate of it has steadily dropped over the centuries as the quality of dental health care has improved. Today, more people than ever are able to keep their healthy, natural smiles for their entire lives, which might make you wonder why tooth loss is even still a concern.
Why most adult teeth are lost
There are many different reasons that people might lose their adult teeth, and the most advanced dental health care treatments can’t address them if you don’t seek treatment for them. For example, gum disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss, but there’s a time gap between its initial development and the severe stage at which you start to lose teeth. The same is true for some cases of tooth damage that are allowed to grow increasingly more severe until the tooth falls out, or your dentist has to extract it.
What your risk factors look like
In addition to gum disease and tooth damage, other concerns such as tooth decay, severe tooth misalignment, and more can also cause the loss or extraction of one or more teeth. In many cases, the cause of tooth loss is something that can be prevented or mitigated with proper care and maintenance, which could have lowered your risks of experiencing tooth loss. Because of this, many of your tooth loss risks involve your smile’s risks for things like gum disease and tooth decay, or the presence of such conditions being left untreated.
How to deal with tooth loss appropriately
Up until you lose a tooth, understanding and mitigating your risks of tooth loss can help you prevent it. Once it’s lost, however, your goal should be preserving the tooth’s function, and your smile’s appearance, by replacing it as soon as the underlying problem is addressed. One of the most significant consequences of tooth loss is the loss of the tooth’s root, which is why you may benefit most from replacing your lost tooth with a dental implant-supported restoration. The implant post will replace your lost tooth root while the restoration restores your smile’s appearance and bite function, creating the most lifelike option for rebuilding your smile.
Find the best solution for your tooth loss
Tooth loss doesn’t affect everyone, but if you experience it, we can design a highly lifelike, implant-supported restoration to help you recover from it. 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.