There are often signs that can warn you of dental health trouble, such as a toothache or bleeding in your gums when you brush and floss. Such signs can mean that seeking treatment as soon as possible could be the best thing for your oral health. However, there aren’t as clear signs that you’re about to lose a tooth, unless the tooth is already in a severe state and tooth loss seems obviously likely. Today, we examine a few earlier signs that you might have a condition that could increase your risks of tooth loss, and why you should take these signs seriously.

If a tooth feels noticeably loose

A loose tooth is always a sign of trouble. When healthy, your teeth are supported by roots that rest within sockets in your jawbone, and are held securely in place by a complex and strong network of periodontal tissues and ligaments. Any give in their position when you apply pressure to the tooth could mean that these structures and ligaments have become compromised, either by periodontal disease, erosion of the bone structure, accidental trauma, or other causes. If not addressed soon, the condition could lead to the loss of the tooth, or the need for its extraction and replacement.

If the tooth has been damaged for a while

Tooth damage doesn’t always seem severe, especially if the discomfort isn’t extreme. However, all forms of tooth damage are progressive, and not taking it seriously could lead to the damage becoming worse before you realize it. In some cases, the damage may extend to the tooth’s root, in which case the tooth can’t be restored and will need to be extracted and replaced. In other cases, the main crown of the tooth may become so damaged that it can’t support a restoration to repair it, such as a custom dental crown.

If you develop gum disease

Direct problems with your tooth structure can potentially lead to tooth loss if given enough time. However, the most frequent reason for people to experience tooth loss is the progression of severe gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, this condition erodes the tissues and structures that support your natural teeth roots, leaving them with inadequate support. Loose teeth is one sign of gum disease, as are bleeding in your gums, redness and inflammation in certain areas of the tissue, and more.

Find out how to prevent or address your tooth loss

If you notice these or other signs of chronic oral health concerns, than your risks of losing one or more teeth may be higher than you realize. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.