Per the American College of Prosthodontists, approximately, 120 million people have lost at least one tooth. While the causes can vary, this high of a number can make some people believe that tooth loss is inevitable for adults. However, most cases of tooth loss result from conditions and factors that could have been avoided with preventative measures. If smile issues are addressed early, then tooth loss can likely be prevented. Let’s explore the common reasons that tooth loss occurs and what steps can be taken to avoid it.
Accidental trauma or the need to extract a wisdom tooth are both common reasons for tooth loss that cannot necessarily be prevented. Advanced periodontal disease is one of the most common causes for tooth loss. Gum disease can attack the soft tissues that surround the roots of your teeth, the periodontal tissue that holds the roots stead, and the bone of the jaw that supports your smile. In the most severe form, periodontal disease can lead to the destruction of your jawbone, leaving your teeth endangered. Untreated tooth decay can eventually lead to an abscess or an infection of the tooth. A severely decayed tooth can leave you at risk of the tooth’s infection to enter the bloodstream to affect other parts of your body. Extraction may become necessary at this point.
Because gum disease and tooth decay are common causes of adult tooth loss, prevention and early treatment of these issues can help to protect your teeth. A daily oral hygiene routine of effective brushing and flossing can help to keep harmful bacteria from building up and attacking your teeth and gums. Routine preventive visits with your dentist allow for a check for any signs of developing issues that could potentially lead to tooth loss and recommend early treatment before your dental health erodes.
Dr. Carmona can help you protect and/or restore your smile from tooth loss. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.