In dentistry, we place quite a bit of emphasis on prevention. Preventing disease, preventing damage, and preventing pain can help to protect your health, keep you comfortable, and preserve your teeth. A successful preventive effort involves a strong partnership between you and your Plano dentist. Identifying common risk factors and educating you on how to live a healthier lifestyle enables your dentist to provide you with the customized care that you require.

In general, it helps to understand the root causes of some of the most common dental conditions, in order to prevent them from occurring in the first place. For example, tooth loss is a common dental condition that affects millions of patients each year.

Gum Disease and Tooth Loss. Technically known as periodontal disease, gum disease is responsible for the majority of tooth loss cases. When the structures that support the teeth, such as the bone and gum tissue, become damaged and diseased, the ultimate result is teeth that are no longer strong enough to remain functional and the teeth must be removed.

Cavities, Trauma, and Tooth Loss. A badly decayed or broken tooth is sometimes compromised to the point that it simply cannot be saved. If possible, restorative measures such as a root canal or crown may be recommended. If these procedures cannot be expected to produce a reasonable chance for success, the only alternate treatment option is typically extraction.

Congenital Conditions. It is not uncommon to be born without one or more permanent teeth. Even when the primary (baby) tooth is present, the corresponding adult tooth may not form, leaving a space or gap in your smile.

Whenever possible, our goal is to preserve your natural teeth. When that is not possible, our next goal is to determine the cause of the loss in order to prevent future tooth loss. Finally, your dentist will recommend replacing the missing tooth as soon as possible, and the most appropriate treatment options will be presented. Typically, those options include dental implants, dental bridges, or partial dentures.

To discuss your concerns about to tooth loss and learn more about your treatment options, call Plano Smile Studio at 972-398-2550.