When There’s Something Missing: The Causes of Tooth Loss

Causes of Tooth Loss – Toronto, ON

Dr. Sol Weiss is one of the leading dentists in the Toronto area, offering patients state-of-the-art cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry treatments focused on total wellness.

Dr. Weiss has many ways to replace missing teeth, but right now, we want to focus on the common causes of tooth loss. Knowing the reasons a problem occurs can help you prevent these things from happening.

Serious Tooth Decay

When your teeth have been seriously decayed, they are more likely to break and simply fall out. Minor cavities won’t cause tooth loss, but if your cavities aren’t treated, it’s more likely you’ll be missing teeth.

Gum Disease and Gum Recession

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue caused by the oral bacteria that naturally occurs in the mouth. When gum disease progresses to later stages (periodontitis and advanced periodontitis), the gum tissue peels back, revealing more of the root structure of a tooth. Teeth may become loose or may experience tooth decay below the gum line, which can lead to tooth loss.

Necessary Tooth Extractions

Sometimes a dentist may need to remove a tooth that is unable to be saved or that is causing other dental problems. This is common with wisdom teeth and seriously infected teeth.

Contact or Combat Sports

If you play football or hockey or participate in boxing or mixed martial arts (MMA), you’ll want to wear a mouthguard and proper head protection. Blows to the head and face can lead to teeth being knocked out.

Auto Accidents

If you are involved in a serious motor vehicle accident that causes trauma to the head or face, losing a tooth is one injury you may experience.

Serious Slips and Falls

Whenever you slip or fall, there’s a tendency to put out your arms to avoid direct impact on the ground. If you fall face first, the blow as you make an impact on the ground can result in the loss of a tooth.

Work Injuries

People who work in construction or at industrial work sites run a serious risk of face and mouth injuries. This is why wearing face protection and head protection is so crucial for protecting the teeth and preventing severe head and facial trauma.

Physical Altercations

If you are assaulted or get into a fight, blows to the head and face can result in damaged or lost teeth.

Injuries While Biting and Chewing

Sometimes when eating, you may accidentally bite into a bone or an unpopped corn kernel. When this happens, it can cause major damage to a tooth necessitating extraction.

Treatment Options for Missing Teeth

There are many treatments for missing teeth, including bridges, dentures, and dental implants. The best option for you and your needs can be determined during a consultation at our practice. We will work with you to restore the overall health and beauty of your smile.

Contact Dr. Sol Weiss

To learn more about treating tooth loss and helping you have a healthy and beautiful smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Sol Weiss and the entire team here will help you have the best smile possible.

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