The thing about most oral health concerns is that they’re largely predictable. Conditions like tooth decay and periodontal disease have specific, direct causes (namely, the oral bacteria that accumulate on your teeth every day). They also progress in specific ways, though how far they progress differs from patient to patient. However, when it comes to tooth loss, there are several different potential causes, some predictable and some not. The circumstances surrounding losing a tooth can differ greatly, which is why it’s important to know your specific risk factors and how to manage them properly.
You’ve had a toothache for a while
A toothache can sometimes be one of the most ambiguous oral health symptoms. It can indicate a wide range of potential concerns, and until you know exactly what’s causing yours, you may not know how to treat it properly. In many cases, a chronic toothache is caused by a chronic concern, such as decay forming in your tooth or gingivitis eroding the gum tissues around the tooth’s root. If your tooth has hurt for a while, despite multiple home remedies to alleviate it, then the underlying concern might also be a risk factor in losing one or more teeth in the future.
You develop gum disease
A tooth can be lost if it becomes compromised enough, but the most common reason for tooth loss is the progression of gum disease. Unlike tooth decay or damage, gum disease doesn’t usually cause any tooth discomfort in its early or mild stages. Other symptoms, such as redness in your gums or bleeding when you brush and floss, can seem minor enough to be easy to overlook. This can allow your gum disease to progress much further and faster, eroding more of the tissues and jawbone structure around your teeth roots as time goes by. This destruction is what makes gum disease the leading cause of adult tooth loss, and if you develop it, it’s important to successfully manage your periodontal health to avoid losing one or more teeth.
You’ve already lost or extracted a tooth
Tooth loss is the biggest risk factor for further tooth loss, even if the tooth is intentionally extracted. When the tooth is uprooted from your dental ridge, the empty space where the tooth’s root rested can begin to resorb almost immediately. Most patients can address this consequence and manage their increasing risks of further tooth loss by restoring this space with a root-like dental implant post.
Find out if you’re at-risk for tooth loss
There are ways you can tell if you’re at-risk for tooth loss, especially if you exhibit these specific concerns. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our dental office in Los Angeles, CA, today at (310) 446-GUMS (4867). We also proudly serve patients living in Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Century City, Encino, and all surrounding communities.