For most people, tooth loss is a result of many signs over a long period of time, many of which go unnoticed because there is no immediate pain or aesthetic concern. Even after you receive a dental implant, you can lose it to the same causes if not properly maintained. That’s why it’s important to understand the signs of tooth loss, to ensure your dental implant lasts a lifetime.
Gum disease occurs when bacteria is left under the gum-line from improper homecare. This leads to deep pockets in the soft tissue surrounding and supporting your teeth. Bacteria builds up in those pockets to form plaque. Plaque turns into a harder substance called calculus. Finally, pathogens eat away at your gums and bone, causing loose teeth to become lost teeth.
Occlusion is defined as how your teeth fit together. Proper occlusion means your teeth fit together well, which promotes strong teeth. Malocclusion is when your teeth don’t fit well together. For some people, it’s the way they’re born. For others, malocclusion is a result of grinding or clenching teeth. Whatever the cause, teeth which are under constant trauma from malocclusion will become loose and, eventually, lost.
If you are at risk for gum disease or malocclusion, schedule your appointment today with a clinician. When caught early gum disease and malocclusion can be treated before tooth loss occurs.