While more people are able to enjoy their healthy, natural smiles for life, some people still have to deal with tooth loss to some degree. Sometimes, losing a tooth is a necessary part of restoring your smile, such as in the case of extracting impacted wisdom teeth. In other cases, however, the loss of one or more teeth is the direct result of something that could have been prevented or controlled. Likewise, the potential consequences of tooth loss can also be largely prevented or mitigated with the right care, such as with a lifelike, dental implant-supported restoration.

Why it happens to some people

The first thing you should understand about tooth loss is that the most common case of it occur from a preventable condition known as gum disease. When it’s allowed to progress far enough, gum disease systematically destroys the gum tissues that surround your teeth roots and, in more severe cases, the jawbone structure that lies underneath them. These happen to be the very foundations upon which your teeth and their roots are embedded within your smile. As gum disease weakens them, you lose your ability to retain all of your teeth.

What could be contributing to your risks

Whether it’s from gum disease or another chronic oral health issue, like extreme tooth decay, the loss of a tooth or the need to extract one can stem from a variety of different contributing factors, as well. For example, your risks of developing gum disease are specific to you, and include the frequency and effectiveness of your hygiene routine, as well as the consistency with which you visit your dentist. If you already have gum disease, your risks of losing teeth to it will relate to the severity of the disease itself. Therefore, an important part of assessing and controlling your risks of tooth loss includes gauging the state of your oral health.

What you can do to bounce back from it

You can successfully prevent gum disease and tooth decay from forming and, thereby, reduce your risks of losing teeth. Yet, that doesn’t mean you might not be at risk for other factors, or that you won’t lose a tooth to accidental trauma. When tooth loss occurs, the best thing you can do for your smile is to replace the lost tooth or teeth as soon as possible, as well as the roots that supported them. A dental implant-supported restoration can provide you with a durable, highly lifelike replacement for the visible crowns of your teeth, which will be supported by one or a series of dental implants to replace your lost teeth roots.

Learn more about tooth loss and your smile

Tooth loss can be important factor in your quality of life, but we can help you learn to mitigate its threat. 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.