When some people think of tooth loss, they might envision a traumatic accident that knocks a tooth out. The truth, though, is that permanent tooth loss is more often a result of a chronic dental disease, particularly gum disease. Nevertheless, there are several different causes of tooth loss besides injuries and gum disease, and most of them are preventable. If you’ve already lost one or more teeth, then we can help you save the rest with a dental implant-supported replacement. If you haven’t, then we can help you save them all by explaining a few common causes of tooth loss and how to avoid them.
How to Lose Your Teeth
As the leading cause of tooth loss, gum disease (or periodontal disease) affects more than half of adults in the US. The danger lies in the nature of the disease, which attacks the gums, periodontal tissues, and jawbone that support your teeth. The most effective prevention for gum disease is to brush and floss your teeth carefully at least twice every day, and to attend your six-month dental checkups and cleanings consistently.
Tooth decay, which leads to cavities, usually causes increasing discomfort as it progresses, and many patients seek treatment to restore a tooth before a cavity can claim it. If not treated in time, however, tooth decay can spread through enough of your tooth structure to make saving it impossible. Like gum disease, tooth decay can typically be prevented with diligent hygiene and regular dental care.
In some cases, you may have to have a tooth extracted, either due to severe damage, infection, or to facilitate orthodontic treatment (among many others). Wisdom teeth are among the most-frequently extracted teeth, since they often become impacted against other molars and can cause extreme damage and discomfort. You cannot predict or prevent wisdom tooth impaction, but you can prevent the loss of other teeth by extracting the molars as soon as possible.
ABOUT YOUR FT. WORTH DENTIST:
Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.