Tooth loss is a common problem and can cause you to become self-conscious about your smile as well as your overall appearance. Even a single missing tooth can reduce your quality of life if it makes you uncomfortable. A tooth implant can restore your smile and your self-confidence.
What Causes Tooth Loss?
Tooth loss occurs for a number of reasons. Many of the causes of tooth loss are preventable. Keeping your teeth brushed and flossed is an important prevention tool, as is visiting your periodontist on a regular basis. Some of the most common problems that cause people to lose teeth include:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Tooth impaction
- Root resorption
Tooth decay and gum disease are preventable if you maintain diligent oral hygiene and visit your dentist on a regular basis. Brushing and flossing are the most important ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you do develop problems with your gums, you should see a periodontist for treatment before it becomes serious enough to cause you to lose your teeth. Trauma to the teeth is less preventable, but you can reduce the likelihood of losing teeth if you wear a mouthguard to play contact sports and if you try to avoid dangerous situations when you are driving, biking, or walking.
Replacing Your Teeth with Implants
Regardless of the cause, if you have lost a tooth you can have it replaced with a tooth implant. This procedure provides a tooth that is permanent, stationary, and natural-looking. The replacement tooth is custom-made to match the shape and color of your remaining teeth. It also features an artificial root that holds the tooth securely in place. Another advantage of the root portion of a tooth implant is that it helps stimulate growth in your jawbone.
If you are missing a tooth and would like to learn more about what implants can do for you, you should consult with an implant dentist or periodontist to find out if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. If you are in good health, implants will probably work well for you. Contact our team today if you have more questions.