There are several common causes of tooth loss, including periodontal disease, failed root canal, dental caries, certain accidents, and age. Our Baltimore implant dentist, at Spectrum Dental, deals very sympathetically with our patients who are dealing with missing teeth. We know that spaces caused by missing teeth not only make a person feel less attractive, but if they are left untreated, can also affect your speech and the ability to eat properly.
Also known as tooth decay, dental caries is a disease where the hard structure of your tooth is damaged by bacteria. If left untreated, it may not only lead to pain, but tooth loss. Periodontal disease causes an infection of the tissue and bone that support your teeth. Damaging your gums, this infection is often caused by a buildup of plaque. When not treated in time, it can cause your teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. A root canal is performed to save a decayed tooth, however, in cases where the treatment fails, it is often necessary to have your tooth removed. Tooth injuries that are caused by an accident is another common cause of tooth loss. Whether it’s a car accident, a fall, a sports-related injury, or the force caused by the impact of the accident, it may result in tooth loss. When it comes to aging, receding gums, and medical conditions such as diabetes, combined with neglect, can lead to missing teeth in our older patients. Fortunately, our Baltimore implant dentist, Katherine Grant Collier, DDS, has a number of tooth restoration options that we recommend.
One option is a dental implant, or, more commonly also known as teeth implants. Dental implants are small titanium roots, embedded into your jawbone to anchor artificial teeth. With a success rate of over 95 percent, dental implants are considered to be stronger and longer-lasting. As teeth implants are embedded directly into your jawbone, they also help to prevent bone loss by stimulating nearby bone. Our Baltimore implant dentist will go over every phase of your treatment with you so you can make an informed decision before proceeding with your treatment.