Adults can lose teeth all during their lives. In fact, it's a rarity that adults don't lose at least one tooth. Some adults lose teeth because their jaws are overcrowded, and teeth need to be pulled to make room in their jaws. Other people lose teeth because they have their wisdom teeth pulled because they were causing them pain or infection. One of the most common ways adults lose teeth is because of tooth decay or gum disease.
No matter how you have lost a tooth, losing a tooth may be something to worry about. Here are some guidelines for why you need to be concerned about your tooth loss.
When You Lose A Tooth
There are some tooth losses that are more noticeable than others. For example, if you lose a front tooth, it can cause you to be embarrassed or uncomfortable smiling, talking, or singing in public. No matter which tooth you lose, it can have impact on your jaw.
Your teeth are hooked into your jawbone by the tooth roots. If you lose a tooth, no matter how it happens, your tooth root will eventually die and be reabsorbed into the body. After some time, you may notice that the socket where your tooth was is hollow, with an empty socket where your tooth was. Over time, your body begins to reabsorb your bone tissue, which can eventually reshape your entire jaw.
Before you start worrying about your tooth loss, there are ways that you can replace one of your lost teeth. You can get an implanted tooth to replace your original tooth. In an implant procedure, a dentist will implant a titanium screw into your jawbone, and place a prosthetic tooth on top of the screw. Implanted teeth act just like your natural tooth. Best of all, you won't experience bone loss in your jaw.