What’s the Biggest Cause of Tooth Loss?

Dental implants have been immensely successful at replacing lost teeth since they were introduced to clinical dentistry over 60 years ago. However, the reason why they’re so popular is because tooth loss is still such a significant threat to many patients’ smiles. While there are many reasons behind permanent tooth loss, the most common one is severe gum disease. This may seem ironic given the fact that gum disease is highly preventable and treatable with proper dental care and maintenance.

How Does Gum Disease Happen?

If gum disease is so preventable, why is it so prevalent? The truth is often simply human error. Gum disease forms when oral bacteria build up on and underneath your gum tissues. While this can largely be prevented by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, it also requires regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. If you skip a hygiene routine even once, or neglect to attend a dental cleaning, then bacteria will have the chance to work their way underneath your gums and lead to gum disease.

What to Do Before Getting Implants

If you’ve lost teeth to gum disease, then you may still be a good candidate for dental implants to replace your lost teeth. However, the first step will have to be dealing with your gum disease to prevent it from interfering with the success of your dental implants. Your dentist may recommend a schedule of periodontal maintenance and an improved preventive hygiene routine to restore your good oral health before you can qualify for dental implant placement.

Protect Your Smile from the Main Causes of Tooth Loss

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, and you may need to address it before qualifying for dental implant placement. 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.

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