Through his implant dentistry at Desert Smiles in Glendale, Dr. Donald Wilcox knows that cracked or missing teeth can be painful, uncomfortable and embarrassing.

But it’s also worth mentioning that the leading cause of tooth loss — gum disease — can be prevented.

Gum disease, periodontitis, develops after soft tissue around the teeth and bone inside your mouth becomes inflamed or infected. This is most commonly caused by decay the build-up that comes from poor dental hygiene.

When left untreated, gum disease not only causes the decay of the actual tooth, it also causes decay of the supporting bone structure around the tooth, which will cause teeth to crack, loosen and eventually fall out.

Two other common reasons that Dr.  Wilcox often treats patients who require dental implants include:

  • Smoking. This has also been proven to be a major contributor to the gum disease that can result in the kind of tooth loss that’s best treated with dental implants.
  • Bruxism. This condition is characterized by chronic clenching and grinding.

Studies show that 7 out of 10 adults age 35 to 44 are missing at least one tooth due to disease, decay or dental trauma.

If you live in or around Glendale, Scottsdale or Phoenix and have questions about receiving dental implants, or you need to repair or replace an older dental implant, please contact Desert Smiles online for an appointment for call our office directly at 602-978-1790.

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