If you lost a tooth because you slipped and fell, or received a traumatic blow to the mouth, then you might not question how you lost it. However, if the tooth gradually becomes loose, or if Dr. Cueva informs you that one or more of your teeth require an extraction, then you might not immediately know why. Nevertheless, once a tooth is lost or can no longer perform its duties, it often must be replaced to preserve your smile’s good health, beauty, and function. If you still retain all of your natural teeth, then understanding the forces behind tooth loss may help you prevent it.
A Traumatic Impact
Accidental impact isn’t the leading cause of tooth loss, but it’s one of the more well-known reasons for losing permanent teeth. Healthy adult teeth are secured by their roots in sockets within the jawbone, held in place by tough, semi-flexible periodontal ligaments. When they’re subjected to enough force, your teeth can be wrenched from their sockets, damaging or tearing the ligaments that hold them.
Most people are aware of dental plaque’s annoying presence when it gather’s noticeably on their teeth. Yet, fewer people understand what plaque is, or how poor hygiene can allow it to grow and overwhelm your teeth and gums. The bacteria that plaque contains feed on nutrients from your meals, and produce toxic substances, like acids, that harm your teeth and soft gum tissue. Periodontal disease, or a bacterial infection in the gums, can destroy the gums and jawbone that support your teeth, and is the number-one cause of adult tooth loss in the US.
What to Do Next
With the exception of your four wisdom teeth, or third molars, each of your teeth is vital to your mouth’s good function. When you lose one, your ability to bite and chew food, enunciate your words, and smile with confidence can be hindered. If you’ve lost a tooth, then visit Dr. Cueva as soon as possible to determine the best method for replacing it.
ABOUT YOUR ALLEN DENTAL IMPLANTOLOGIST:
Dr. Marco Cueva is a dedicated dentist with extensive training in periodontology and dental implantology. Aside from expertly caring for and maintaining our patients’ oral health, he is also uniquely qualified to treat the supporting structures of teeth, as well as replace lost teeth with skill and precision. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (972) 390-9944.