As the most severe consequence of some dental health issues, tooth loss can have a significant negative impact on your oral health. The point of replacing lost teeth, including their roots, is to help preserve your oral health after suffering tooth loss; however, this is better achieved by preventing tooth loss from occurring in the first place.
Prevent Tooth Loss from…
Severe gum disease destroys the gums and jawbone that support your teeth, making it the number one cause of adult tooth loss in America. Brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist at least once every six months for checkups and cleanings can help prevent the buildup of bacteria and the onset of gum disease. Even if the disease develops, early detection and intervention can help you control the infection to prevent it from destroying your tooth’s foundation.
Like gum disease, tooth decay begins with oral bacteria buildup and can be prevented with adequate hygiene and regular professional care. Unlike gum disease, however, tooth decay directly attacks your teeth, causing small holes (called cavities) to form and expand until your tooth is destroyed by the decay. Typically, moderate to severe sensitivity can warn you that your tooth is in trouble, and treatment (i.e., dental filling or root canal therapy) can be initiated before the tooth is ruined or lost.
Though not as common as dental disease, teeth are often lost due to accidental traumatic injury. If an impact damages the tooth’s connective tissue, or if your tooth breaks and cannot be saved, then tooth loss or extraction may be inevitable. By definition, accidents are usually hard to prevent, but you can take steps to protect your tooth from excessive damage. If you’re going to play contact sports or engage in dangerous physical activities, wear a mouthguard to protect your smile from accidental injury.