Tooth loss is very traumatic. Living without teeth is isolating, difficult, and unsettling. Beyond the psychological ramifications of losing teeth, people’s oral health and wellbeing suffers as well. This is why treating tooth loss as soon as possible with dental implants or other prosthetics is so important.
Following are some of the most common reasons people lose teeth and what you can do to protect your oral health and overall wellness.
Periodontal disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adulthood. This is because periodontal (gum) disease destroys the supportive bond between teeth and gums. In advanced cases of gum disease, tooth loss can also be attributed to bone loss caused by the infection present in the gingiva. Bone, like the gums, is a structure that supports teeth.
Since periodontal disease attacks the structures that support teeth, this condition leads to teeth falling out due to lack of support. Treating periodontal disease as soon as possible is imperative for preventing tooth loss.
Untreated tooth decay can lead to tooth loss. Once decay forms, the structure of teeth is permanently damaged. Weak teeth have no protection against cavity-causing bacteria and oral debris. Untreated cavities can lead to tooth loss when the interior structures of teeth become infected. For instance, a decayed tooth can easily develop an abscess when the root canal becomes inflamed and infected by oral bacteria.
Blunt force to the face can cause otherwise healthy teeth to become broken, fractured, and dislodged. Common contributors to facial trauma are accidents like car wrecks and sports-related injuries. Since facial trauma can cause tooth loss, it is important to wear all recommended safety gear for physical activities and practice caution in one’s everyday life.
Our prosthodontist offers effective treatments for tooth loss including implant dentistry. Dental implants are the most durable and lifelike option for replacing biological teeth.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, call us today to reserve a consultation.