What Causes Tooth Loss?

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Have you recently suffered from tooth loss and not sure what to do, or why? Here are common reasons for tooth loss and what you can do to fix it!

What Is Tooth Loss?

Tooth loss naturally happens in children when they begin to lose their baby teeth. Their adult teeth will then begin to grow in. It becomes an issue when adult teeth are falling out. Many adults suffer from this. Approximately, 120 million people in the United States are missing at least one permanent tooth. These numbers are expected to grow in the next two decades.


So what causes tooth loss in adults? There are a variety of causes, but these are the most common.

Gum Disease

Gum disease starts with inflammation and bacteria in the gums. If not addressed, it begins to progress and destroy the gums. It deteriorates the jawbone underneath the gums. This results in no teeth support. Symptoms include halitosis, swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, loose teeth, and receding gum lines.


Cavities occur when bacteria begins to eat away at the tooth. Like gum disease, if not quickly addressed the condition will worsen. Cavities are common for children, but can easily happen to adults as well. If your tooth is completely eaten away at, it will result in loss or removal. Symptoms include sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages, staining on the teeth, visible holes in the tooth, painful chewing, and overall tooth sensitivity.


Accidents happen, and it can result in loss. It could stem from a car accident, sport injury, or even a fall. If you hit your tooth hard enough, it will come out!

Health Conditions

There are health conditions where tooth loss is a common symptom. If you suffer from diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, smoking, and even poor nutrition you might loss some teeth. Health conditions can affect the strength and stability of your gums and teeth, therefore resulting in the loss of teeth.


Every situation is different and depends on the patient. Your treatment option will be based on the cause. At Wytheville Dental Group we offer a variety of solutions for loss. We can create implants or bridges for your teeth to put your smile back to normal. There are various implant services than can be done, all depending on your wants and needs.

For more information on tooth loss and what you can do to solve it, visit us at Wytheville Dental Group. We not only offer solutions for tooth loss but cosmetic and general dentistry services as well. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, check us out online here or call us at (276) 228-2777  today!