Saint Louis dentist reviews common causes and treatments for tooth loss

Written by Dr. Grayem on Nov 13, 2012

Our Saint Louis dental office is committed to helping patients smile even after tooth loss. Although it can be traumatizing to lose a tooth, it doesn’t have to ruin your smile forever. With modern dentistry, you really can have a beautiful, strong smile for years to come.

     · The most common cause of tooth loss among adults is actually periodontal disease. If left to progress untreated, gum disease can infect the bone and connective tissues that hold your teeth in place. As these tissues deteriorate, your teeth become loose and eventually fall out.

     · You may also lose teeth if you put of necessary dental care and allow cavities to grow. Although cavities begin at the outer dental enamel of the tooth, they move inward toward to the dental pulp, nerve endings, and connective tissues over time. Eventually your tooth will become so diseased that it has to be removed or it falls out.

     · Some patients also lose teeth due to accident or trauma.

The good news is that no matter why you lose a tooth, there are restorative dental treatments that can help you regain your stellar smile. Our office provides dental implants and dentures in Saint Louis—two effective and aesthetically pleasing replacement tooth options.

Dentures sit on top of the gum line. They restore the seamless look of your smile, and they allow patients to eat, drink, and speak comfortably. Dental implants are individual replacement teeth that are surgically implanted where the tooth used to sit. Many patients chose dental implants because they look and feel like natural teeth.

As a patient, the best thing you can after losing a tooth is to contact your dentist right away. With prompt treatment, you can avoid many of the long-term complications of tooth loss. Our Saint Louis dentists are here for you—give us a call or schedule your appointment online!