Tooth loss is something that everyone should be concerned about preventing, or dealing with, but it isn’t something that has to be devastating to your oral health. These days, you have several options for addressing the common conditions that lead to tooth loss, and for treating tooth loss if it does occur in a way that fully rebuilds your smile and oral health. However, effectively preventing or dealing with tooth loss takes effort on your part. Today, we examine a few of the most important facts to remember when it comes to tooth loss and your oral health.
Why it happens
One of the most frequently misunderstood things about tooth loss is why it happens. Many people mistakenly believe that it’s just a natural part of aging. No matter how well you care for your smile, most people are bound to lose a tooth or several as they get older. This is not true; though tooth loss is common for older adults, it’s always caused by an underlying issue that eventually leads to it. Such issues, such as gum disease (the most common cause of tooth loss), can often be prevented with the right care and maintenance, including consistently good preventive care and hygiene at home.
How you could prevent it
Preventing tooth loss seems daunting, but preventing things like tooth decay and gum disease are common goals for most people. Every time they visit their dentist for a checkup and cleaning, the goal is to remove the tartar that leads to such conditions, and to check and see if they’ve started to develop. Because many cases of tooth loss result from more common, less severe issues, preventing tooth loss relies heavily on keeping your smile healthy and free of disease.
How you can get over it
If you do experience tooth loss, then you have several things to be concerned about when it comes to rebuilding your smile. For example, losing one tooth raises your risks of losing more teeth in the future, largely due to the impact of your lost tooth root. This means the best way to reduce your risks of losing more teeth is to replace the one you lost with a dental implant, which is designed to reestablish the support of your lost teeth roots.
Learn more about getting over tooth loss
With the right tooth replacement option, we can help you get over tooth loss and preserve the future of your smile. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.