If you care about your smile, then you’re probably worried about tooth loss to some degree. If it hasn’t happened yet, then you might worry that it’s destined to at some point, and dread what the future holds for your smile. If you do lose a tooth, you might feel as though you’ve lost in your efforts to care for your smile, and maybe give up being as diligent about it. Both of these reactions are based on false assumptions, and if not corrected, they can become self-fulfilling prophecies. You should know that tooth loss can be prevented with the right care and maintenance. Also, if it does occur, your dentist can help you rebuild your smile in a way that almost completely restores its former health and function.

There are specific reasons for it to happen

People sometimes mistake tooth loss for being inevitable because all or many of the older people they know have lost one or more teeth. It’s true that many people will experience tooth loss to some degree in their lives, and in some cases, it may not be preventable. However, in every case, there’s a specific reason why the tooth or teeth were lost; it didn’t just occur naturally, from old age. For example, the majority of people who experience tooth loss do so because of severe gum disease, which erodes the structures that support your teeth roots. Others might need to extract a tooth due to severe complications, such as internal infection or alignment issues.

With the right care, you can prevent it

Because tooth loss occurs for very specific reasons, it can also be addressed much more efficiently than you might expect. For example, preventing gum disease will help you avoid one of the biggest risk factors of tooth loss, and therefore, dramatically improve your chances of preventing tooth loss altogether. Keeping up with regular dental care will help you spot problems like gum disease or other concerns early enough to treat them before they cause extensive damage. The key is to be consistent in caring for your smile at home, and in visiting your dentist for regularly scheduled preventive visits.

If it already happened, you can recover

Recovering from tooth loss is one of the most important things to do if you experience it. Leaving a tooth lost and the space in your smile empty can have several negative consequences, both on your smile’s appearance and on your long-term oral health. Many of today’s tooth replacement options can effectively restore your ability to bite and chew food and smile confidently thanks to their highly lifelike appearance. With dental implants, you can even replace the roots of your lost teeth and stem the loss of mass and density that often follows their loss.

Learn more about tooth loss

Tooth loss can be prevented, or it can be dealt with in a way that helps minimize its effects on your long-term oral health. To learn more about how, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.