The thing about tooth loss is that it can have many different potential causes, and sometimes, that can make preventing it seem much more complicated. Fortunately, many of the common reasons for tooth loss are more easily preventable than you might expect. They’re also highly treatable, and often, can be successfully addressed before the tooth is lost or needs to be extracted. Today, we examine a few common potential causes of tooth loss, and how you can improve your chances of protecting your smile by preserving your healthy, natural tooth structure.
The progression of severe gum disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the most frequent cause behind adult tooth loss. Unfortunately, the early signs and symptoms of the disease aren’t always obvious, or don’t seem severe even if they’re noticeable. This can cause many people to underestimate the threat to their oral health, allowing the disease to cause more significant damage in the meantime. Preventing gum disease largely involves preventing the buildup of oral bacteria on your teeth and along your gum line by brushing at least twice every day and flossing at least once.
A tooth infection that goes too far
Brushing and flossing your teeth consistently also helps you avoid another common result of oral bacteria buildup – tooth decay. As the cause behind cavities, tooth decay is a less common reason for tooth loss than gum disease, largely because the symptoms tend to be more obvious. Because of the discomfort in the tooth, many people seek treatment before it grows severe enough to lead to tooth loss. However, that isn’t always the case, and if a tooth decays enough, then it may be lost or need extraction to save the rest of your oral health.
A failed restoration for a compromised tooth
Some people lose teeth that they thought they had saved with a custom restoration because the restoration fails before they realize it. If a tooth has been damaged or experienced decay, then the restoration is essential to protecting the compromised tooth structure from further harm or infection. If it fails, the tooth may become more severely compromised in the time it takes to replace it. In severe cases, this could lead to the loss of the tooth, or the need to extract and replace it to regain your good oral health and bite function.
Learn how to protect your smile from tooth loss
By understanding and protecting your smile from the potential causes of tooth loss, you can boost your chances of preserving all of your healthy, natural teeth. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.