As we grow, lots of changes happen to our bodies. Some of these changes are great, while the others are usually not pleasing. One of them is losing teeth, and it is one that largely affects how we talk, eat, and smile. There are many reasons why grownups lose teeth, and it is good to know that there are also many restorative solutions to restoring our smiles. At McDonald DDS, we are dedicated to ensuring that our patients keep their teeth healthy and their smiles intact.
Causes of Tooth Loss
As kids, losing teeth is necessary for allowing the growth of permanent teeth, and it even shows that we are growing. As adults, losing teeth is not usually pleasant, as they might not grow again. Losing adult teeth can happen due to so many reasons such as bad oral hygiene, diseases of the gums, tooth decay and cavities, trauma, injuries, some harsh medication, damaging behaviors, or just aging. Some of these are explained below.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
Usually the most common reason for tooth loss is tooth decay. Tooth decay can occur as a result of bad eating habits and terrible oral hygiene. Bacteria and plaque buildup in the mouth and attack the teeth. They also cause gum disease by infecting the gums and teeth roots. When the gums and roots are infected, the teeth deteriorate and either fall out or may require extraction.
Trauma and Injuries
Tooth loss from trauma and injuries are very common. When people have accidents from vehicles or sports, or even falls, they could suffer injuries to the mouth, and have some teeth damaged, broken, or knocked out. Fights and falls could also cause trauma to the teeth that may only be noticed later. Fractures in the tooth root may not be easily noticed until infection sets in and causes pain.
Restorative Dentistry for Tooth Loss
Thanks to the advancement of dental technology, you do not have to suffer the effects of tooth loss. When you lose one or more teeth, fantastic options for restoring your oral function and amazing smile are dental Implants, dentures, and dental bridges. A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that is surgically placed in the jawbone of a patient to act as a tooth root. Once placed, you can have an artificial crown that acts like your natural teeth placed on it. With dental implants, you eliminate the chances of bone loss and it lasts a lifetime. Dentures are removable appliances that replace your missing teeth. Depending on how many teeth are missing, you could be required to get complete dentures or partial dentures. Complete dentures are suitable for patients who have lost all of their teeth, while partial dentures are for people who still have some of their natural teeth. Dental bridges are another form of restoration with replacement teeth and crowns that are placed in the gap where teeth are missing. The crowns of dental bridges are fixed on adjacent teeth to hold them in place. Deciding the best option of restorative dentistry for your tooth loss is dependent on some medical factors. Since you might not be able to evaluate these factors on your own, our professionals are always ready to help you make the most suitable decisions.
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