Have you ever wondered why adults lose permanent teeth, especially when they’re supposed to last a lifetime? If you’ve ever lost one or more teeth, then the cause may not be a mystery; however, considering the frequency with which permanent tooth loss occurs, many patients erroneously believe that tooth loss is simply a natural part of aging. Unfortunately, that belief means many patients don’t try as hard as they should to retain all of their natural teeth. Your Allen dental implant specialist, Dr. Marco Cueva, explores how adult teeth are often lost, and what to do if tooth loss afflicts your smile.

Accidents Happen

Accidental trauma is a common cause for immediate tooth loss. A sudden and forceful impact can knock your tooth out of its socket and damage the connective tissues holding it in place. Even if the trauma doesn’t completely knock out your tooth, it can damage it severely enough to render the tooth useless and it may require extraction and replacement.

Dental Disease & Procrastination

Tooth decay might seem like a logical assumption as the leading dental disease to cause tooth loss. After all, the affliction directly erodes your tooth structure when allowed to run rampant. The truth, however, is that the title for “most teeth lost” goes to Gum Disease, which attacks the gums and jawbone that support your teeth rather than your teeth themselves. When left untreated, gum disease causes your gums to detach from your teeth and can progress into your jawbone underneath, which supports and sustains your teeth by their roots.

Visit Your Allen Dental Implant Specialist to Resolve Your Tooth Loss

Luckily, your smile isn’t doomed just because you’ve lost one or more teeth. Through the use of dental implants, Dr. Cueva can restore your entire tooth structure, including the roots, and preserve your smile’s long-term integrity. To learn more about common causes of tooth loss, or to restore your smile after losing one or more teeth, schedule an appointment with your Allen periodontal specialist by calling (972) 390-9944 today. Located in the 75013 area, we proudly welcome patients from Allen, Plano, Richardson, McKinney, Frisco, Fairview, Murphy, Wylie, Lewisville, Carrolton, and surrounding communities.