Common Causes of Tooth Loss

By markplatt on June 30, 2015

A woman outside by her homeThe team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates has helped countless patients in and around the greater Montgomery. Using solutions for missing teeth such as dental implants as well as advanced jaw and facial surgery procedures, we can improve overall dental health and wellness.

Right now we'd like to focus on some of the most common causes of tooth loss.

Vehicle Accidents

Getting involved in a car accident or even a bike accident can result in serious injury to the mouth and face, potentially causing tooth loss to occur. Bike accidents and motorcycle accidents can prove especially severe, so be careful when you are out on the road.

Slip and Fall Accidents

If you experience a bad slip or fall of some kind, this can also result in a major injury to the mouth and teeth, and it can lead to tooth loss or severe tooth damage necessitating tooth extraction.

Occupational Injuries

Some jobs are more dangerous than others, particularly construction jobs or industrial jobs. It's not uncommon for people to experience facial or head injury from an occupational accident. These sorts of injuries can potentially cause tooth loss depending on the nature of the incident.

Contact and Combat Sports

Both contact sports (e.g., football, hockey) and combat sports (e.g., boxing, mixed martial arts) can result in major injuries to competitors. It's one of the risks of these athletic activities whether you compete at a professional level level, student level, or simply do it for recreation.

Physical Altercations and Assaults

If you're attacked or get into a fight or scuffle of some kind, injuries are likely. Serious injuries to the face and mouth may result in the loss of a tooth, or sometimes multiple teeth.

Gum Disease and Recession

Unhealthy gums can eventually lead to problems with your teeth. For instance, it's possible for teeth to become loose and more likely to fall out as a result of gum disease and gum recession.

Major Tooth Decay

Serious cavities and tooth decay can harm tooth structure so much that teeth are more likely to break and fall out from simple biting and chewing.

Necessary Tooth Extractions

When a tooth is infected and cannot be saved, or if a tooth is severely decayed and damaged, the best option for treatment is to extract the tooth rather than restoring it.

Treatment Options for Tooth Loss

When a person is missing a tooth or multiple teeth, the ideal option for treatment can vary. In general, good options for addressing tooth loss include dental bridges and dentures. During the consultation process, we can go over various methods of restoring missing teeth.

Tooth Loss Prevention Tips

In order to avoid losing teeth, consider the following helpful tips:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss your teeth every night
  • Wear a helmet when riding a bike or motorcycle
  • Wear mouth protection when playing contact or combat sports
  • Avoid using tobacco products
  • Drink water throughout the day to remain hydrated
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups

Learn More About Tooth Loss and How It Can Be Treated

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, we encourage you to contact our dental surgery specialists today. The team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates will help you have a healthy and beautiful smile.

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