Possible Causes of Adult Tooth Loss
Losing teeth as children is expected as the first set of teeth need to go in order to make room for our permanent adult teeth. But losing teeth as adults is usually not expected. It often comes as a surprise and not usually a happy one. Many incidents of tooth loss for adults can be prevented, but there are often many cases where it could not have been foreseen. Knowing the possible causes of tooth loss may help keep your smile healthy and intact.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars. There are times when wisdom teeth can come into the mouth without causing any problems, but for many people, that is not the case. Wisdom teeth can overcrowd the mouth causing the existing teeth to shift and bump into each other. The wisdom teeth can even emerge from the gums at an angle that can cause damage to the other teeth. There are even situations where the gums surrounding the wisdom teeth can become infected as the teeth begin to erupt.
Advanced tooth decay can lead to a necessary extraction. In these situations, the extraction can usually be avoided with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. Treating tooth decay early can prevent an extraction. The loss of other teeth can actually endanger the remaining teeth as it can lead to bone loss in the jaw.
Advanced gum disease can leave the gums and bones to weak to support teeth. Gum disease can also be prevented with good oral hygiene and/or early treatment.
Damage or Accident
There are times when a traumatic accident or injury to the face or mouth can damage teeth so severely that extraction is necessary. Some damage can cause a tooth to immediately fall out and may not be able to be saved.
Illnesses and Medications
Certain illness and/or medication can lead to early adult tooth loss. Talking to your dentist or doctor about side effects can help to proactively deal with these types of situations.