Teeth Loss: What you need to know
What you Need to Know about Teeth Loss
Despite the goal to keep our teeth for the duration of our lives, circumstances do not always allow such a luxury. Due to injury, infection or habits, tooth loss is a common problem among patients which severely impacts on their quality of life in both physical and mental ways.
Below are the causes, consequences and treatment options for missing teeth:
Who is at risk of tooth loss?
Aside from the common flu, gum disease is a problem suffered by most adults in some parts of their lives. Luckily for some, gum disease is caught and treated in the early stages, preventing teeth loss. Smoking, diabetes and injury are also factors that influence the problem.
Children are also at risk of bacterial infections and gum disease, especially if a good oral care routine is not established at an early age.
What are the causes of tooth loss?
Poor oral hygiene
Brushing and flossing are the basic foundations that can prevent a lifetime of unforeseen dental consequences. Not brushing twice a day, or skipping flossing can lead to plaque build-up in your mouth, causing tooth decay and gum disease. These factors, if left untreated, can result in teeth loss.
Using your teeth as a weapon is a big no. Not only will the injury of a broken tooth be painful but living with a missing tooth will at best be inconvenient. Remember that no alternative can really replace what you have naturally.
Poor diet habits
Acidic foods that are rich in carbohydrates and sugar increases your chances of tooth decay. Our solution? Cut down on sodas and fruit juices while limiting your carbohydrate intake.
Smoking is a contributor to gum disease and infections that can lead to teeth loss.
The fear or shame of seeking dental treatment often sees patients leave a condition to deteriorate until it is too late. Ignoring problems can only aggravate your condition, so seek treatment as soon as the symptoms present themselves.
Sometimes the lack of finance prevents patients from getting the care they need. Fortunately, most practices offer flexible payment methods. Contact us today to find out more.
Chemotherapy, head radiation therapy and some medications weaken the immune system. These treatments may increase the risk of tooth infections and can result in the need for tooth extraction.
What are the consequences of tooth loss?
· Changes your facial structure
· Loss of bone and gum tissue
· Difficulty in chewing
· Difficulty in pronouncing words
· Mental anxiety
· Isolation and embarrassment
· The financial burden of getting teeth replacements
We work together with our patients to develop treatment plans that ensure the remaining teeth are kept healthy. In cases where tooth loss is unavoidable, we present patients with the following options:
This is an artificial tooth root which is surgically bonded to your jaw to provide a secure and fixed tooth alternative.
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and adjoining tissues.
A dental bridge is a false tooth that is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in or bridge the space left by a missing tooth.
If you would like to find out more about tooth loss and the treatments that we offer, please contact us