Is There a Way to Prevent Losing Teeth?

These days, tooth loss isn’t as big of a deal as it was decades ago. With a variety of advanced tooth replacement options, such as lifelike dental implants, more patients than ever can regain the confidence and convenience of a full, healthy smile. Patients who haven’t experienced tooth loss yet can also significantly reduce their risks of it with the help of highly personalized dental care. By addressing the most common causes of tooth loss, you can more effectively prevent tooth loss and preserve your healthy, natural smile for life.

Why Tooth Loss Occurs

Tooth loss can occur for several different reasons, and unfortunately, not all of them are preventable. For instance, if you experience an accident and suffer from dental trauma, or if you have a tooth that needs to be extracted, then preventing the loss of the tooth may not be an option. However, the most common causes of tooth loss are progressive dental diseases, particularly gum disease, that are usually highly preventable and treatable. Maintaining a schedule of consistently good and preventive dental visits gives you a significant advantage in preventing such diseases and the tooth loss that can result from them.

How to Save Teeth After Tooth Loss

If you’ve already lost a tooth, then your risks of losing more are higher than they were before the loss. With the lost tooth’s root gone, your jawbone can grow weaker and become unable to support the rest of your teeth. For many patients, replacing the lost tooth with a dental implant can reverse the degradation of your jawbone and improve your chances of preventing further tooth loss.

Learn About Preventing or Recovering from Tooth Loss

In many cases, tooth loss and the need for an advanced tooth replacement option can be prevented with proper dental care and maintenance. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.

Ready to fall in love with your smile, but not sure where to start? Send us a photo or a question of your smile, and Dr. Lathrop will respond!