Some causes of tooth loss are in your control, and several factors play into your risk of losing teeth. Fortunately, if you are already missing teeth, our Scottsdale dentist can provide you with a solution. Please continue reading to find out how.
If you would like to book a visit with our Scottsdale dentist to talk about how to repair your smile, please schedule your free consultation with us today.
Common Causes of Tooth Loss
We can point to several causes of tooth loss in patients we have treated, and the following are the most common reasons why you may have or be at risk for tooth loss. Call our office straight away to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Todd Shatkin to learn how we can repair your smile.
Poor Oral Hygiene
Your teeth may not stay put if you neglect to take care of them. Poor oral health is linked to tooth decay and gum disease, both of which are leading causes of tooth loss. You can reduce your risk of these dental issues by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash at least once a day. Improving your oral hygiene routine is just one of the ways you can prevent tooth loss.
Sports accidents are common causes of tooth loss. Athletes in contact sports often lose teeth. They can have the tooth placed back into their gums if they make it to a dentist soon enough and either hold the tooth in the socket or place it in milk. However, many swallow the tooth, lose it or don’t know that this is a time-sensitive issue. Knocked-out teeth need to be treated as an emergency in order to save the tooth.
Saliva production helps protect your teeth and strengthen your enamel. If you suffer from a dry mouth often, you are at an elevated risk of having dental issues that can lead to tooth loss. Dry mouth is associated with tooth decay and gum disease, and the condition is aggravated by certain medications, smoking, and caffeine consumption. Switching medication, quitting smoking, and reducing caffeine intake can help.
Learn how we can prevent or treat the causes of tooth loss at our Scottsdale office. Periodontal care and mini dental implants are two options that you may need to consider. Keep reading to find out why.
Your dentist can examine you to determine the proper treatment for you. Your at-home cleanings may not be enough for you to manage gum diseases such as gingivitis. Deep cleanings, including flap surgery (which cleans under your gums), can help manage your periodontal disease.
If you catch gum disease early enough, you may be able to avoid gum surgery or subsequential tooth loss. Among the causes of tooth loss, you can easily manage gum disease with proper care.
Mini Dental Implants
Sometimes it is too late to prevent tooth loss. Your option at this point is to repair your smile. Mini dental implants are an excellent solution to missing teeth. They are prosthetic teeth placed into the jawbone with a small screw. Patients consider mini dental implants as a life-changing treatment. They get their confidence back and regain their ability to eat whatever they want.
Your Free Consultation with Our Scottsdale Dentist
Contact our office right away if you want to meet with our Scottsdale dentist for a free consultation to talk about the causes of tooth loss and how you can either prevent it or treat it. If you are missing teeth, we would be glad to have you in our office for life-changing treatment.