Did you know that lack of proper oral healthcare could lead to missing teeth? Everything from lack of thorough brushing and flossing, to ignoring tooth decay, could increase the risk of losing one or more of our natural teeth. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about the steps our Riverside, MO, patients can take to avoid losing their natural teeth!

How Do We Lose Our Teeth?

While our teeth can become lost due to injury or damage, often the culprit is poor oral hygiene. For example, lack of oral hygiene could enable serious cavities and infections to form, which eventually cause teeth to become lost or require extraction to prevent the spread of infection. The most common cause of adult tooth loss is gum disease. When a person develops gum disease and doesn’t have the issue managed with treatment, then periodontitis could form, the advanced stage that allows the tissues between the teeth and gums to deteriorate, causing teeth to become loose and eventually, lost!

Preventing Missing Teeth With Restorative Care

If you have a cavity, we may use a restorative filling to halt the progression of decay, preventing an infection and preserving your tooth. If a tooth become infected, then a root canal procedure may be used to remove the infected tissue and preserve the tooth, keeping your smile whole. If you do have gum disease, then we may use a scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar from the tooth and the root surfaces, and the LANAP procedure to remove diseased tissue with advanced laser dentistry. These treatments help manage serious oral health issues, the same kind that could increase the risk of losing natural teeth.

What If I Lose a Tooth?

Should you lose a tooth, then you need to talk to your dentist about replacement options. Ignoring missing teeth allows loss of jawbone density to occur, increasing the risk of further tooth loss and even leading to an aged appearance. With implant dentistry, we can fill the gaps in your smile awhile also stimulating the growth of jawbone tissue, safeguarding your smile against tooth loss and a number of other uncomfortable symptoms. If you have questions about preventing tooth loss, or if you have already lost one or more teeth, then please contact our team today. We’re here to answer any questions you may have, and to create a personalized treatment plan to help you enjoy optimal oral health!

Does Your Smile Need Restoration?

If you have pain in your smile, or develop damage or sustain injury, then let us know right away. To learn more about our approach to restorative dental care, or to schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Riverside, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.