What Causes Missing Teeth?

When a patient loses a tooth, we may recommend a dental implant. Should a patient lose multiple teeth, we can use multiple implants to secure prosthetics, with implant-retained bridges, partial and full dentures, mini-implants, and even All-on-4 teeth in a day. But what causes missing teeth? Why do we lose teeth as adults?

Poor Oral Hygiene

Did you now that not taking good care of your teeth can lead to problems with stability? When we don’t care for our smiles, plaque buildup can accumulate on the teeth. The process that leads to plaque, which involves bacteria breaking down food particles, can also lead to higher levels of oral acidity. Combined, these factors can lead to gum inflammation and enamel erosion, increasing the risk of common oral health concerns that can also elevate the chances of adult tooth loss.

Periodontal Disease

When gum disease remains untreated, it can grow worse until periodontitis occurs. The advanced stage of gum disease, periodontitis can eventually break down the tissues that connect the teeth and gums, causing teeth to become loose and eventually, lost. In fact, gum disease is the most common cause of missing teeth in adults and seniors.


If a tooth becomes chipped, cracked, or broken, infection can develop eventually that leads to tooth loss. Having a damaged tooth repaired is essential for maintaining a healthy smile.

Caring for Your Teeth

What can you do to help prevent tooth loss? We have a few ideas:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session
  • Floss every night before going to bed
  • See your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings
  • Avoid foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches

If you have questions about tooth loss prevention, then please contact our office today. We can also discuss implants and other tooth replacement options.

Interested in Replacing Your Missing Teeth?

James Stewart, DDS, and our team can offer a lifelike and durable solution to missing teeth. We serve patients from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.