One of the common misconceptions about tooth loss is the belief that it’s inevitable for everyone as they get older. Another is that it can never happen to you, and is only a vague concern to be slightly worried about. The truth is that tooth loss is most often the result of a preventable condition, an unpredictable accident, or other underlying concern, and not a natural part of the aging process. Fortunately, this means you may have a better chance of preventing tooth loss from occurring than you believe, especially if you can identify your specific risk factors for it.
Some of the most common causes
The most common reason for people to experience tooth loss is the progression of severe gum disease, which results in the erosion of your gum tissues and jawbone structure. These make up the foundation of your smile and the main support for your teeth roots. When they’re compromised by severe gum disease, they can leave your teeth without adequate support, causing them to grow loose, fall out, and/or require tooth extraction by the time you seek treatment. In addition to gum disease, chronic oral health concerns like tooth decay can also result in the loss or extraction of a tooth if it isn’t addressed appropriately.
Causes that aren’t preventable
While gum disease and other oral health concerns are often preventable with good hygiene and dental care, there are some concerns that can cost you one or more of your natural teeth despite your best preventive efforts. For example, if you experience a dental emergency, such as accidental trauma to your teeth or oral structures, then a tooth may become loose or knocked out of its socket. If the damage is severe enough, then restoring your smile and bite function could require replacing the tooth with a lifelike dental restoration.
Saving your smile from tooth loss
While tooth loss might be more preventable than you expect, this may not help as much if you’ve already experienced tooth loss for any reason. If you have, then your risks of losing one or more teeth in the future may also be higher due to the detrimental effects of the loss (particularly your teeth roots). To help rebuild your smile and preserve your remaining healthy teeth, you may benefit from replacing your lost teeth with dental implants. Reestablishing the support of your natural teeth by replacing your lost teeth roots can help you stem many of the impacts of tooth loss that can negatively impact your smile.
Learn how tooth loss might happen
Tooth loss can happen for a number of different reasons, but fortunately, you can have a good chance of preventing it with the right care and maintenance. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.