Many people realize that tooth loss could be successfully prevented, and that doing so requires preventing the things that cause it. However, not everyone realizes that many of the most common causes of tooth loss are things that don’t always seem so severe at first, and are easy to overlook. Today, we examine a few things that might surprise you about tooth loss, including the early signs that your risks of it are increasing, and the reason why dental implants can be the best option for restoring your smile if you experience it.

Minor issues could lead to tooth loss later

Your oral health is more intricately connected than you might realize, and there are many different issues that could potentially lead to tooth loss through a series of other impacts on your oral health. For example, the most frequent reason why adults lose teeth is severe gum disease, which develops in your gums and systematically destroys the periodontal tissues and ligaments around your teeth roots. However, gum disease is highly preventable, and when it develops, its early stages are highly manageable. For many people, these signs don’t seem significant, such as minor bleeding when they brush and floss or a slight redness in their gum tissues.

Losing a tooth affects all of your oral health

Sometimes, losing a single tooth doesn’t seem like a significant concern to the rest of your oral health, either. If the empty space isn’t noticeable when you smile and don’t feel any substantial change in your bite, then it might be easy to ignore it or postpone addressing it for the time being. The problem is that losing any tooth has a significant impact on nearly every other aspect of your oral health. The rest of your teeth can shift out of alignment, the imbalance in your bite can damage your jaw joints and muscles, the loss of the tooth’s root can negatively impact your jawbone structure, and much more.

Replacement teeth should include replacement roots

The most effective way to restore your smile after tooth loss is to replace the lost tooth as soon as possible. With a custom-designed dental restoration, you can close the gap in your smile and mitigate the impact that it could potentially have on the rest of your oral health. However, the only way to stop the loss of your tooth root from negatively impacting your smile is to replace it, which is only possible with the help of a biocompatible dental implant post. A dental implant and crown can create a highly lifelike root-and-crown replacement for your lost tooth, restoring more of its functionality in the process.

Learn more about preventing or dealing with tooth loss

There are many things about tooth loss you might not be aware of, and that could help improve your chances of preventing or dealing with it more effectively. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park and all surrounding communities.