Adults Lose Teeth Too
September 23, 2020
Dr. Katherine Nicholson
As a child, it’s a celebrated milestone every time a tooth is lost—but when it happens in adulthood, losing a tooth could be a sign of something more serious. Here, we’ll highlight a few reasons why an adult’s tooth could become loose, or worse…even fall out!
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Research shows that people who have Type II Diabetes are more twice as likely to lose teeth as those who do not have the disease. Evidence points to the fact that diabetes raises the risk of poor dental health. This in turn can cause a deterioration of the teeth and gums, which can lead to tooth loss. If you have a Type II Diabetes diagnosis, it is very important that you have regular dental checkups as well as a healthy home routine to ensure that you are taking good care of your teeth and gums.
Osteoporosis is a condition where bones throughout your body can become less dense, leading to an increased risk for fractures. This condition can also affect the bones around your teeth, causing them to become loose. Statistically, women with osteoporosis are at a significantly increased risk to experience tooth loss than women who do not have the condition. Additionally, “antiresorptive medicines” used to treat osteoporosis can interfere with certain dental treatments, so it’s always a good idea to tell Dr. Katherine about any medicines that you are currently taking for the treatment of osteoporosis.
When you think about losing a tooth as an adult, trauama is often the first thing that often comes to mind. When an extreme force like a fall or accident occurs, the ligaments supporting teeth can become injured. This kind of damage to a tooth is considered a dental emergency, and you should call Carolina General and Cosmetic Dentistry right away.
Additional types of tooth trauma may include teeth grinding at night, poor alignment of your teeth, or consistent clenching of your jaws. These are all subtle things that you may not be aware of, but over time they can wear away at the strength and stability of your teeth.
We often remind our patients to brush and floss regularly. The reasons for this are many, but one important reason is for the prevention of Periodontal Disease. By not brushing and flossing regularly, plaque and tartar may form, which can not only affect your gums, but also the bone and tissue that support your teeth. When these areas become weakened and inflamed, they can’t hold your teeth in place properly, thus a loose tooth may form.
The good news is, you can prevent this by regular at-home brushing and flossing, as well as trips to visit Dr. Katherine Nicholson at Carolina General and Cosmetic Dentistry twice a year. Even in advanced stages of periodontal disease, Dr. Katherine will work to deep clean the area around the gumline. This area often develops deep pockets where bacteria has formed and the gums begin to recede away from the tooth. From there, Dr. Katherine creates a periodontal maintenance plan to ensure the patient’s healthy oral future.
Restorative Dental Procedures
At Carolina General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Katherine offers a variety of restorative dentistry procedures should you experience tooth loss. We work to create a healthy dental plan for all of our patients to ensure that the risk of tooth loss is minimized.
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If you are experiencing any kind of loose tooth, or one of the above conditions, we invite you to meet with Dr. Nicholson to discuss options for your dental needs.
Give us a call, and one of our friendly team members will be glad to schedule an appointment, or answer any questions that you may have.