Common Causes of Tooth Loss

Unfortunately, tooth loss happens. The good news is that there are a wide variety of treatments that can restore a lifelike appearance to your smile. There’s no need to settle for replacement teeth that are obviously fake.

Tooth loss typically occurs due to either advanced decay or gum disease or as a result of trauma or injury to the mouth. Ideally, patients can prevent tooth loss by taking good care of their teeth and protecting themselves from injury whenever possible.

Sometimes, though, tooth loss is unavoidable. Whether the tooth loss resulted from disease or injury, dental implants may be an appropriate treatment.

Implant dentistry offers patients a structurally complete replacement tooth. The implant itself is actually a small titanium cylinder that replicates a missing tooth’s root. Titanium is biocompatible, which means that bone material is able to form a biological bond with it. 

Whether the tooth loss resulted from disease or injury, dental implants may be an appropriate treatment.

That bond between bone and implant, which develops over the course of several months after the oral surgeon places the device in the jaw, causes dental implants to be a remarkably durable option for tooth replacement.

The implant becomes a permanent structure in the mouth, and it helps to stabilize the jaw, which can erode when a tooth’s root is no longer present to hold it in place.

Dental implants can be used in a wide variety of tooth loss scenarios. These devices can support a prosthetic crown, and multiple implants can anchor a bridge or a denture. In all of these cases, the patient can take advantage of all of the benefits of dental implants.

In order to maximize your chances of long-term dental implant success, it’s important to meet certain qualifications for the procedure. You must have adequate bone material to support osseointegration, so if you’ve experienced bone loss in addition to tooth loss at the implant site, you may need to undergo a bone graft.

Similarly, uncontrolled gum disease, which can cause tooth loss, can also threaten the stability of a dental implant. Therefore, patients seeking dental implants must undergo treatment for any gum disease prior to the implant placement procedure.

If you have experienced tooth loss, contact our skilled and dedicated team at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to learn more about your treatment options, including dental implants.