What causes tooth loss? Losing your teeth as an adult can lead to a number of complications, ranging from misalignment to facial collapse. Understanding the cause of tooth loss can help you make better decisions with your oral health, allowing you to safeguard the stability and appearance of your smile.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Loss
Question: Will our diet impact tooth loss?
Answer: Yes. The foods and drinks we consume can have an impact on our oral health. For example, foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches can promote tooth decay. Without treatment, decay can lead to infections. Our weakened teeth require immediate treatment, otherwise they may need to be removed to prevent the spread of infection. Eating a healthier diet can help promote better oral health and protect the stability of your smile.
Question: How does gum disease lead to missing teeth?
Answer: In the advanced stage, known as periodontitis, gum disease can actually attack the connective tissues between the teeth and gums. Teeth then become loose and eventually, lost. However, if proper steps are taken to manage the disease you can avoid periodontitis. We recommend seeing the dentist at the first signs of trouble, such as sore and red gums or bleeding when you bush or floss.
Question: How do you replace missing teeth?
Answer: We often recommend a dental implant. Unlike bridges, which rely on crowns, or dentures, which typically need natural suction, implants are inserted into the jawbone and act as a normal tooth root. We can then place a lifelike restoration to complete the new tooth. With proper care, your implant can potentially last a lifetime.
Question: Can anyone receive dental implants?
Answer: We will need to assess the strength of your jawbone tissue before placement. We also need to make sure you don’t have periodontitis, as this could lead to implant failure.