The Top Causes of Tooth Loss
By J. Brent Gorrell on September 05, 2016
The team at Gorrell Dental believes in helping the people of Mountain View smile with renewed confidence. Whether using cosmetic treatments to enhance smiles or restorative dentistry procedures to address significant dental problems, we offer customized care to meet the needs of our patients.
Tooth loss can be a serious dental health issue, and sometimes the right treatment will depend on the cause of the problem. With that in mind, let's consider the most common causes of tooth loss.
Severe Tooth Decay
Major cavities can lead to serious damage to the structure of a tooth. This leaves teeth weaker and more likely to break. This is why it's always best to have cavities treated as soon as possible, and why regular dental checkups are crucial for long-term dental wellness.
Root Canal Infections
A root canal infection occurs when bacteria reaches inner portion of a tooth. Within each tooth is a hollow chamber full of dental pulp, which is a collection of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. These infections can be quite painful, and if they are not treated soon enough, a tooth may need to be extracted in order to prevent the spread of the infection.
Advanced Gum Disease
There are three stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. In the later stages of gum disease, teeth are more likely to become wiggly and come loose due to issues with soft tissue.
Severe Gum Recession
Gum recession refers to the peeling back of the gum tissue from around a tooth. This exposes more of the root structure of a tooth, leaving the tooth more vulnerable to decay and other problems. Gum recession is linked t gum disease as well as many other dental problems.
Serious facial or head trauma sustained during a motor vehicle accident can lead to tooth loss. The same goes for accidents sustained while riding a bike or other vehicles and means of conveyance.
Slips and Falls
Slip and fall injuries are a leading cause of tooth loss not associated with a dental problem per se. As you can imagine, the more serious the accident or the more forceful the impact, the more likely a person is to lose a tooth or multiple teeth.
Contact sports (e.g., football, hockey) and combat sports (e.g., boxing, mixed martial arts/MMA) can lead to a whole host of injuries. Tooth loss is among the risks. This is why it's so important to wear proper mouth protection as well as helmets and other protective gear.
If you are assaulted or get involved in a fight, any blows to the head or mouth can potentially result in tooth loss. The nature of the dental injury sustained can vary from altercation to altercation.
Smoking and Tobacco Products
Smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to a number of health problems, including lung disease, heart disease, and cancer. In addition, tobacco products can make gum disease and tooth loss more likely. This is just another compelling reason to kick the habit.
Learn More About Dealing with Tooth Loss
For more information about tooth loss and how we can help you have a healthy smile again, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at Gorrell Dental is here to help you address complicated dental health and wellness issues.
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