The loss of a tooth is a magical thing for a child. The moment you rushed to your room to hide your tooth underneath your pillow in exchange for some sort of valuable reimbursement from the tooth fairy was definitely a highlight of many of our childhoods. However, losing a permanent tooth as an adult can feel like a horrible nightmare.
Some Reasons Why Your Tooth May Have Fallen Off
There are many reasons why your tooth may have fallen off, and losing permanent teeth in adults is more common than you may think. More than 178 million people in the US are missing at least one tooth.
So, why does this happen?
Poor Periodontal Care – The number one reason why most adult teeth fall off is due to poor periodontal care. When bacteria gets under the gum line, the infection can become so severe that it can separate the tooth from the gums. The tooth will then become unstable, and ultimately fall or have to be removed by a dentist.
Trauma To The Tooth – Another common reason is due to injuries or impact on the tooth. This can result in the tooth loosening or falling out. Sports injuries, vehicular accidents, or any direct trauma to the mouth region, can cause a tooth to fall off.
Extensive Tooth Decay – Fillings, crowns, and other dental procedures can repair damaged teeth, but when these problems are not corrected if left untreated. The tooth will eventually decay and destroy its own structure until it can’t any longer remain attached.
Oral Cancer and Diseases – When problems are left untreated for a really long time, certain illnesses can begin to disrupt your teeth or the bone structure in your mouth. Resulting in the loss of adult teeth.
What To Do
In case something like this happens, you should contact your dentist immediately. They will be equipped with the right tools to re-implant the lost tooth. Remember, a lost tooth is considered a dental emergency that requires immediate attention. So, if a tooth falls off, you should:
Replacing A Missing Tooth
If your tooth is unable to be re-implanted, it is very important that you still replace your missing tooth. In addition to improving your smile, prosthetics can protect you from gum disease, further decay, or bone loss in the jaw – which will make it much harder to restore the mouth later.
Three types of dental procedures to replace a missing tooth are:
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