Since it affects a large percentage of people to at least some degree by the time they’re in their elder years, tooth loss can often seem like something you can’t really control. However, it is, and in many cases, believing tooth loss is inevitable can make people less diligent in protecting their smiles, which leads to the conditions that often cause tooth loss. To help you avoid creating a self-fulfilling prophecy, we explain how tooth loss can be preventable, and what you should do if it’s already too late to prevent it.

What usually causes tooth loss?

You can’t successfully prevent tooth loss without understanding what often causes it, and your risk factors for developing those conditions. For instance, severe gum disease (periodontitis) is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults, which means it’s important to prevent gum disease development or treat it as soon as possible if it develops. Other oral health concerns, like tooth decay or severe tooth damage, can also lead to tooth loss if not addressed promptly. In general, keeping up with good hygiene and preventive dental care can help you effectively prevent many of the conditions that lead to the loss of one or more teeth.

What if you have one of these conditions?

Preventing the development of gum disease or tooth decay is an effective way helping you prevent tooth loss. Yet, if one or both conditions have already developed, you still have a chance of preventing tooth loss if you act promptly. Gum disease and tooth decay are both progressive issues, which means they start off relatively minor and progressively get worse over time. If you notice symptoms such as redness or bleeding in your gums, or experience discomfort in your teeth and/or oral tissues, then visit your dentist for an examination as soon as possible. Treating the problem early will help you manage it more successfully, and improve your chances of preventing tooth loss.

What should you do if you experience tooth loss?

While you can treat existing dental health issues before they lead to tooth loss, you can’t reverse the loss of a tooth once it occurs. Unfortunately, the loss can also increase your risks of losing more teeth in the near future due to complications with your oral health. For instance, your remaining teeth might be more susceptible to damage, or to being forced out of alignment. The loss of your tooth’s root can cause the mass and density in your jawbone structure to diminish over time. To address the many consequences of tooth loss, the best solution is to replace the lost tooth (and its root) with a dental implant restoration.

Learn more about preventing tooth loss

Tooth loss may be common, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t preventable. 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.