The loss of your healthy, natural teeth doesn’t occur for no reason, and it isn’t a natural part of the aging process, as some people may believe. On the contrary, tooth loss is the result of several different potential concerns, which is why understanding the specific cause of your tooth loss is important to restoring your healthy smile. Today, we examine the most common cause of tooth loss, and what it could mean for your oral health long term if you don’t address it as part of your smile restoration plan.

The most common cause of tooth loss

The most common reason for adults to experience tooth loss is the severe progression of gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, it consistently erodes the periodontal tissues and ligaments that support your healthy, natural teeth. In severe cases, it causes enough damage to lead to the loss of one or more teeth. The problem is that this destruction doesn’t stop just because you’ve experienced tooth loss. It will continue until it’s treated, and this could impact the success of your smile restoration.

The cost of losing teeth in the long run

The cause of your tooth loss is one reason why restoring your smile might be more complex than you expect. Another may be the potential consequences of the loss if you wait too long to replace them. There are many different effects that result from losing teeth and their roots, including the loss of strength, mass, and density in the jawbone structure that supports the rest of your teeth. This is important to consider when it comes to replacing your lost teeth, as the integrity of your dental ridges plays an important part in rebuilding your smile and bite function.

How to restore and preserve your smile

The best way to address tooth loss is to address the cause of it first, before it has a chance to cost you even more healthy, natural teeth. Restoring your oral health and bite function will also require replacing your lost teeth with the most lifelike dental restoration available. For many people, this means choosing a dental implant-supported restoration that includes one or more root-like posts for support. The addition of dental implants will give your restoration the ability to effectively restore more of the functions of your lost teeth and their roots.

Learn why you lost teeth and how to replace them

Find out how the cause of your tooth loss impacts your tooth replacement, and how we can help you successfully restore your smile. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.