The Specifics of Tooth Loss

worried woman biting her nailsTooth loss isn’t always accompanied by an obvious, dramatic incident, such as a traumatic blow to the face. In fact, the most common reasons behind tooth loss are chronic dental diseases that often develop and progress almost unnoticed. Despite its wide-spread prevalence, tooth loss isn’t an inevitable occurrence, and in most cases, it can be prevented with consistently good dental hygiene and routine dental maintenance. If you’ve already lost one or more teeth, then your Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, can help you preserve the rest of them, as well as your overall dental health, by replacing them and restoring your smile’s beauty and function.

Losing Your Teeth

Whether it’s the result of trauma, or the consequence of poor dental health, people lose teeth for a variety of reasons, including;

  • Periodontal disease—Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. It attacks the gums and jawbone that surround and support the roots of your teeth, and when left unchecked, the disease can render your oral structures too weak to retain all of your teeth.
  • Severe tooth decay—By the time some patients seek treatment for a cavity (or tooth decay), the infection may have progressed far enough into the tooth that restoring and saving it is no longer an option. Severely decayed teeth often require extraction, or they may fall out on their own due to the extensive decay.

Preserving Your Teeth

  • Good hygiene—Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is the most effective way to control the masses of oral bacteria that lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Scheduled checkups and cleanings—After a day or two, any deposits of bacteria-laden dental plaque will harden into tartar, which your toothbrush can’t remove. Dental checkups and cleanings, as often as Dr. Hussong recommends, are necessary to remove plaque and bacteria, as well as thoroughly inspect your teeth and gums for signs of developing dental issues.

Replacing Your Lost Teeth

To operate properly, your mouth requires a full set of teeth (32, or 28 if you’ve had your four wisdom teeth removed). To maintain the balance, Dr. Hussong typically recommends replacing your lost teeth, preferably with one or more dental implants. Besides restoring the visible part of your lost tooth, dental implants also replace the roots, which are supported by your jawbone and account for much of your natural teeth’s strength.


Dr. Ryan Hussong is a dedicated restorative, family, and cosmetic dentist who is passionate about helping patients create and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. Whether your smile is in the grips of a dental disease, or you simply want to learn more about protecting your family’s smiles, Dr. Hussong has the experience to help you protect, preserve, and restore your oral health. To schedule a consultation with us, call the Cornerstone Dental office today at (515) 984-6001.

2 Responses to “The Specifics of Tooth Loss”

  1. Angela

    Are dental implants my only choice for replacing lost teeth?