Published: 10/20/2017

Why do most people lose at least one tooth by the time they reach their 40s? There are many reasons. As a periodontist in Rockville, MD, Dr. Steven Rice regularly suggests dental implants as permanent solutions for teeth that have been extracted or come out due to the following conditions:

  1. Trauma. Teeth sometimes get knocked out. When they are our baby teeth, it is usually okay because our adult teeth simply replace them. However, when an adult tooth is knocked loose, it cannot always be replaced.
  2. Gum disease. Progressive, untreated gum disease is a prime culprit for tooth loss. Many people ignore warning signs like red gums, bleeding gums, chronic bad breath and even wiggly teeth until it is too late.
  3. Poor oral hygiene. Dental professionals everywhere recommend brushing and flossing twice daily, but plenty of people dismiss their advice. Over time, poor oral cleaning routines can promote decay and break down teeth.
  4. Cavities. Our goal is always to find and fill cavities promptly, but some cavities have been left unchecked for years. If decay has gone untreated for too long, the tooth may have to be removed to make way for a permanent replacement such as a dental implant.
  5. Smoking. Did you know that every time you light up a cigarette or cigar you could be causing damage to your teeth? Smokers regularly find themselves risking tooth loss because smoking tends to cause a build-up of plaque and a reduction in the body’s ability to fight diseases of the soft and hard tissues.
  6. Developmental issues. Occasionally, teeth do not form correctly, leaving a smile gapped. This gap may become a problem depending upon where it is located, such as at the front of the mouth. In this case, dental implants can restore a patient’s appearance and boost confidence.
  7. Wisdom tooth removal. This type of tooth loss is planned and does not require replacement. Usually, people who have their wisdom teeth extracted do so to prevent a crowded oral cavity.

Are you looking for a permanent solution for your missing tooth or teeth? Discuss your situation with our periodontist in Rockville, MD, and learn how dental implants may benefit your smile.

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