Along with gum disease, tooth loss is the greatest threat to oral health a person can face. Although the American Dental Association recommends that people visit their local general dentistry practice at least twice a year for professional cleanings and thorough oral exams in order to keep their teeth and gums healthy, most people fall well short of this mark. To err is human, of course, but in this case, being human costs too many people the precious teeth that they might otherwise have kept their entire lives.
Thomas Tang, D.D.S. is a board-certified, fully accredited cosmetic and general dentist who focuses on providing his patients with the finest treatments that dentistry has to offer. He believes in educating patients about the causes of tooth loss during consultations at his Brookfield, WI practice so that they know how to prevent tooth loss and how best to protect their teeth in both the short and the long term. For those patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth, he offers several advanced replacement options designed to restore optimal health, aesthetics, and function to their mouths, including state-of-the-art dental implants. Ultimately, Dr. Tang wants his patients to realize that it is never too late to achieve excellent oral health.
Whether your mouth is in perfect health or you are missing one, several, or most of your natural teeth, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tang today. He can help you find ways to achieve and maintain the healthiest smile possible.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Tooth Loss?
There are many possible causes of tooth loss. The most common include:
- Periodontal disease: More commonly known as gum disease, periodontal disease is a particular threat to teeth in its latter stage, periodontitis. During this stage, the gums pull away from the teeth, and the jaw bone begins to deteriorate, leaving the teeth loose and unsupported. If gum disease is left untreated at this point, the teeth will eventually fall out.
- Endodontic infection: Endodontic infection refers to an infection of the dental pulp that resides within the root canals of the teeth. This pulp provides the teeth with vital nutrients. When it becomes infected, however, it must be surgically removed, and the root canal chamber must be disinfected, or the tooth will eventually die and decompose. If caught early enough, the infected tooth can be salvaged and covered with a dental crown.
- Cavities: Cavities remain the most common cause of tooth loss. As with endodontic infections, when cavities are caught in their earliest stages, they can easily be treated, and the tooth can be salvaged. If left untreated, however, cavities will spread, and eventually the tooth’s structure will become so badly compromised that it will either have to be extracted when treatment is eventually sought, or it will simply die on its own.
- Injury or trauma: Of course, even people with the healthiest mouths can lose a tooth due to trauma or injury.
Learn More about the Causes of Tooth Loss
To learn more about the causes of tooth loss and how they can be prevented, please contact the cosmetic and general dentistry practice of Dr. Thomas Tang today.