When you smile is there an open window? Tooth loss as a child marks a turning point in their life as their adult teeth begin to erupt and the soon visits from the tooth fairy. However, for an adult, a tooth loss becomes an occurrence to be concerned about. It’s not usual for adults to lose teeth to make way for new ones; we only get two sets in a lifetime your baby teeth and adult teeth, when teeth are missing it’s ofte
Losing a tooth may not seem that big of a deal for some if it’s missing from the back where no one can see, but it should still be looked at and replaced by a dentist. Why do we lose teeth as an adult? Find out why and the importance of replacing a tooth.
Why Do We Lose Teeth?
Sometimes we lose our teeth due to an accident whether from playing sports or hitting something with your face. (It happens! Have you not seen the funny videos?) When it’s from an accident, there is nothing to worry about it having to be related to a health problem since you know how you lost your tooth. But if your tooth has fallen without an outside force impacting you then, you might want to contact your dentist so they can examine your teeth. There are a couple of reasons why you might experience tooth loss, and they are due to:
- Gum Disease – also referred to as periodontitis, is the cause of poor oral hygiene and the inflammation and infection of the gums and can affect the tooth and jawbone. When tartar builds up, it begins to infect the gums which later starts to break down the bone and the supporting tissue of the teeth causing the tooth to loosen and eventually fall out. Visiting the dentist will allow your dentist to examine and ensure your teeth are in healthy shape.
- Osteoporosis – is a bone disease where the body loses bone or makes little bone which results in your bones becoming weak and to break easily from a fall. When you have osteoporosis, your bones lose density or mass and contains an abnormal tissue structure where there are more space and holes present. It’s a disease which is silent because you can’t feel your bones getting weak. As you get older (around 50 years old), you might want to talk to your primary doctor about getting a bone density test done.
- Injury – I mentioned this before, an injury due to playing sports can be another contributing factor, although not as severe as the previous two. Getting hit in the mouth is not the only injury to teeth that can cause tooth loss. Are you a grinder or a clincher? Grinding or clenching your teeth wears them down and loosens them resulting in tooth loss and jaw pain. If you have jaw pain but don’t know why, most people don’t realize they clench or grind their teeth, visit the dentist to ensure it’s not caused by dental damage.
Tooth loss is no fun especially when it prevents us from smiling. Even if you have lost a tooth from the back, you don’t want to keep an open window.
Why Should We Replace Them?
Each of our teeth has a place in our mouth. When we lose a tooth or teeth, the rest of our teeth can start shifting and affect the rest of our oral health. If we leave our smile with empty spaces, there can be changes such as,
- Moving teeth: an area in between our teeth can cause the possibility of a shift in your teeth alignment which results into your bite changing and possible tooth decay.
- Affects Speech Patterns: Depending on where you’re missing a tooth, it can affect the way you speak. It can change the sound of a letter or pronunciation of a word which can make you conscious of the way you talk and can lower your confidence or self-esteem.
- Bone Loss: there are some cases where bone loss can occur around the missing tooth or teeth.
- Lack of Nutrition: missing a teeth makes it difficult to break down certain foods that give our body the nutrients it needs such as vegetables, nuts, and meat. We need to feed our body’s the vitamins and minerals it needs without compromising on the food we eat when we don’t have teeth.
You don’t want to leave your smile with open spaces that results in later complications. When you have experienced a tooth loss, you want to replace it as soon as possible.
Replacing Your Missing Tooth (Teeth)
With new advances in treatment, now you don’t have to be toothless since there are various options for your dentist to replace your missing teeth. These are the three most common methods of treatment.
- Bridges – they anchor to the surrounding teeth and can be removable or fixed.
- Dentures/Partials – if you have lost more of your teeth, dentures might be for you since it allows for you to have a set of teeth.
- Implants – the “artificial tooth roots” that bond with the jawbone and become the base to support your crowns (your artificial teeth).
Every patient’s case differs which is why we recommend you make an appointment with us. Our providers will be able to examine your teeth further and identify any dental problems you may be experiencing. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your oral health and your treatment options.