4 Things That Cause Teeth to Fall Out

 

 

When many of us think about losing our teeth, we may assume that this is something that just happens as we get older. But, according to the American Dental Association, more Americans are keeping their teeth longer than ever before, which is great news! However, this doesn’t just happen naturally and there are things we need to do to increase our chances of keeping all of our teeth for life. Because of this, your dentist in Reno wants to share some of the most common things that cause teeth to fall out so you can do everything you can to avoid them. 
 

Gum Disease

The number one cause of tooth loss in American adults is gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Gum disease occurs when bacteria work their way up under the gum tissue and settle in, causing an infection. This infection can be treated if caught early, but if it’s not taken care of, it will begin to destroy both the gum tissue and the jaw bone — both of which help hold teeth in place. Without this support structure, teeth will become loose and eventually fall out. 

Cavities

Almost all of us have experienced at least one cavity and know the discomfort that can come along with it. The reason cavities hurt is that a cavity is essentially a tiny hole in a tooth that may affect the inner workings of the tooth where the nerves and roots are held. The result is the all too familiar zing of tooth pain. Cavities can be treated quickly and easily by your dentist in Reno if they’re caught early. However, when they’re left untreated, cavities can destroy a tooth from the inside out and either require a root canal or result in a lost tooth. 

Accidents or Trauma

Even if you take perfect care of your teeth you may still experience tooth loss as a result of an accident or trauma. Tooth loss is an incredibly common side effect of many sports injuries and even car accidents or falls. While we can’t do much to completely avoid accidents or trauma to our teeth, we can take certain preventive measures such as wearing a mouthguard every time we play a sport. 

Whole-Body Health Concerns

Other common causes of tooth loss in adults don’t initially appear to have anything to do with the mouth and actually originate and directly affect other areas of the body. However, there is a strong correlation between what happens in our bodies and what happens in our mouths. Therefore, there are several whole-body health concerns that can increase the risk of tooth loss, such as: 

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Poor Diet
  • Arthritis

Nobody wants to experience tooth loss, but the good news is there are some simple things you can do to give yourself the best chance of keeping your teeth for life. Make sure you brush and floss your teeth every single day, avoid smoking or using tobacco products, and of course, see your dentist in Reno at least every six months for regular checkups and cleanings

Dental Crowns Can Restore A Weakened Tooth

Dental crowns can restore a weakened toothYour teeth need to be able to withstand considerable force. Biting and chewing can put your teeth under strain, and a weakened tooth may not be equipped to handle these pressures. A dental crown can be inserted over a tooth that your dentist has deemed in need of protection. Crowns can be made from several different materials, and can be specially designed so that they are visually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. If you have a damaged tooth, or if you have received a root canal treatment, a crown can provide crucial reinforcement. Continue reading “Dental Crowns Can Restore A Weakened Tooth”

The Craze Over Craze Lines

craze linesAny number of things can go wrong with your teeth. Some of the usual things that go wrong are cavities, or tooth discoloration. Sometimes you may chip or crack a tooth. You may never have heard of craze lines but they look like tiny cracks in your teeth and can make you think your tooth is cracked. In today’s blog we discuss the craze over craze lines.

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Three Types of Tooth Wear

nailbitingYour teeth are made to last a lifetime, but as does your body, your teeth naturally sustain wear as time goes by. Natural wear happens slowly over a lifetime and includes the wearing of enamel and  tooth structure. However, sometimes certain conditions or habits can cause unnecessary stress and wear on your teeth that are excessive. This type of wear is abnormal because it is not just the usual wear and tear, and it accelerates degeneration of your dentition.  In today’s blog, your Reno dentistsDr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans discuss three types of tooth wear. 

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