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What to Do If You Lose a Permanent Tooth


Adult tooth loss is an unfortunate circumstance. It can be caused by a number of factors from poor oral care to lifestyle habits and diseases. However, there are many tooth loss replacement options patients can choose from.

What Causes Adult Tooth Loss?

The leading cause of adult tooth loss is periodontal disease or gum disease. Although anyone can be at risk for this condition, men and people over the age of 35 are more likely to suffer from it.

Most patients diagnosed with periodontal disease, and then lost a tooth after, stated they received little to no professional dental care in the months before their tooth extraction. In addition to receiving little professional dental care, many of these patients also perform poor oral hygiene at home. 60% of patients claimed they never brushed their teeth or only occasionally brushed their teeth.

We all know poor oral care can lead to adult tooth loss. But did you know certain lifestyle habits like smoking can also damage your teeth? In addition, people who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis are also at a higher risk for losing their permanent teeth.

What Happens If Your Permanent Tooth Comes Out?

If you’ve experienced adult tooth loss, do not lose hope! Here are some tooth loss replacement options to help renew your smile.

Dental implants

This tooth loss treatment can replace a single tooth, many teeth, or a full row of teeth. During this procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will surgically position a titanium post into your jawbone beneath the gum line. Because dental implants require surgery, patients should be in good health before inquiring about the procedure. They will need adequate bone health to support the implant. Many people choose dental implants over traditional dentures because they are more secure and permanent.

Fixed bridges

Fixed bridges fill the space where a tooth has been lost. They are bonded or cemented in place, and only a doctor can remove them. Fixed bridges are secured by two crowns on each side of the gap, and the missing teeth are replaced by false teeth in between the crowns.

Removable partial dentures

This tooth loss replacement method is a removable piece that can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning. Replacement teeth are fixed on a plastic base that’s colored to match the tone of your gums.

Take Care of Your Oral Health at Cabrillo

Your dental care is crucial to your overall health. Stay up to date with your dental exams. Contact Cabrillo Family Dental Care to schedule an appointment today.