After a certain age, losing a tooth isn’t a natural event, resultlng in a visit from the tooth fairy. In adulthood, a lost tooth (or several teeth) means a timely visit to a dental office, to discuss options. If you have been aware of weakening gums or periodontal disease, you may already have a plan in mind. But if the tooth is loose due to trauma, you should call your Virginia Beach, VA dentist for an emergency appointment as soon as possible.
Why Adult Tooth Loss Might Happen
An adult can lose a tooth for many reasons. The most common cause of adult tooth loss is as a complication of periodontitis. This severe gum disease weakens the connective tissue, and teeth become loose and eventually fall out. In the case of a cavity, your dentist might assess that placing a filling or performing root canal therapy will not relieve the problem. In that case, a planned extraction can be the best plan for preserving the rest of your smile. Other reasons for adult tooth loss include
- Accident or injury
- Lack of access to dental care
- Poor dental hygiene
- Poor nutrition
- Drug use
- And more
What You Can Do To Avoid Adult Tooth Loss
Our nonjudgmental team can help you develop a healthy dental routine, whether you have seen a dentist every six months, or haven’t been to an appointment for years. The first step is making an appointment, so your overall oral health can be assessed. We may use our dental technology to look deep inside your mouth with an intraoral camera, or take X-rays to see what is happening under the skin.
When A Tooth Is Gone
If adult tooth loss has already occurred or cannot be prevented, don’t resign yourself to years of a gap-toothed smile. Bridges and dentures offer a way to fill spaces, and implant dentures are a stable and often permanent solution for both single teeth and dentures.
Tooth Loss Doesn’t Have To Mean the End of Your Smile
Adult tooth loss is often preventable, but if it does happen there are secure solutions to replace a missing tooth or teeth. If you have lost a tooth, schedule a visit with us soon! Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach and all surrounding communities.