Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Loss

Despite more advanced treatment, tooth loss is still an issue that many people face across the country. However, there are solutions to tooth loss that will allow you to regain your smile by filling in the gaps. In order to help you find the best treatment plan for your needs, we offer some basic information about tooth loss.

Q: What Causes Tooth Loss?

A: Teeth can be lost for many different reasons, some of the most common of which include;

  • Children naturally lose their baby teeth. Sometimes, these teeth may need to be extracted if they do not fall out before the adult teeth begin to grow in.
  • A congenital absence is when an adult tooth does not grow in to replace the baby tooth.
  • Teeth can also be lost from trauma, such as a hit to the jaw.
  • The most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease. Gum disease is an infection in the gums that can lead to bone loss, causing teeth to fall out or become too compromised to function properly.

Q: Why do missing teeth need to be replaced?

A: Losing teeth can affect your mouth’s health. Bone loss in the jaw and drifting can occur without proper treatment. Drifting is when nearby teeth begin to lean into the empty space of the missing tooth.

Q: What are the solutions to tooth loss?

A: After losing teeth, many people may be self-conscious about their smile. However, there are ways to replace missing teeth, such as;

  • A bridge can be suspended between two healthy teeth, but will require the surrounding teeth to be reshaped to support it.
  • Another solution is a partial denture. A partial denture will replace several teeth, and is supported by remaining teeth and the jaw.
  • A complete denture will replace an entire row of teeth.
  • The most permanent solution to tooth loss is a dental implant. Dental implants are sturdy, root-like posts that are inserted into your jawbone. An implant post may be topped with a crown if only one tooth is being replaced. If you’ve lost several or all of your teeth, a series of implants may be used to support a partial or complete denture.

ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:

As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.