Tooth loss occurs for a number of reasons, but the good news is that by improving your habits and lifestyle, you can considerably reduce the odds of experiencing this issue. Taking good care of your denture is the only way to ensure that you will maintain all your teeth for the rest of your life.
Baby teeth might fall to make room for the adult ones, but once an adult tooth is lost, it won’t regenerate by itself. Furthermore, modern dentistry has evolved to the point where it can confer patients all the weapons they need to fight dental issues that would result in missing one or more of your teeth. Let’s first examine the ‘root’ of the issue.
Why do we lose teeth?
In the old days, there used to be an inescapable link between aging and tooth decay, and inevitably tooth loss. To put it simply, if you’d have asked a dentist 60 or 70 years ago what you can do to retain your teeth, he would have simply told you that losing a molar or a canine is unavoidable as you grow older. Nowadays, modern medicine has summarized the primary reasons why people lose their teeth and also what a person can do to prevent it:
• Inadequate oral hygiene practices
Gum disease, cavities and other associated dental issues are very likely to occur in people who don’t brush twice or thrice a day, and floss once or twice a day, at the very least. The food particles that remain stuck in between the teeth lead to the development of microorganisms and imbalances in the flora of your oral cavity, causing a plethora of conditions that could result in losing teeth.
• Improper nutrition
Consuming exclusively acidic, carbohydrate and sugar rich aliments, and an overall unhealthy nutrition plan have drastic effects on the health of a person’s teeth. Tooth decay represents the first symptoms, followed by cavities, gum disease and tooth loss
• Lack of protection while playing full contact sports
Children and adolescents frequently consume their excess energy by engaging in full contact sports like hockey, rugby, football or basketball. Without denying the pivotal role of sports in the healthy development of a child or young adult, the use of protective gear – in this case mouthpieces – is typically overlooked. Mouth and head traumas constitute one of the primary reasons for losing or chipping a tooth.
• Reluctance in visiting a dentist’s office regularly
The dentist is, thanks to a stereotypical portrayal of the media, one of the most feared medical professions. Society tends to associate the practice with spine chilling pain, and as a result of that, many are deadly afraid. In reality, the advances in modern dentistry enable the medical professionals to operate on patients seamlessly, under anaesthesia, and virtually without any pain. If you don’t schedule dentists appointments on a semi-annual basis, chances are your simple pre-existing tooth issues will go unnoticed and develop into monumental problems.
On a side note, if you’re worried about the costs of the check-up, then you should probably know that the treatment of a complex dental issue can end up costing far more.
• Unhealthy oral-related habits
Smoking, chewing tobacco and teeth grinding represent just a few of the habits that inadvertently lead to tooth loss. Over the years, the protective enamel coating wears out and exposes the more sensitive inner layers of the teeth to all sorts of harmful factors. Quit them while you can!
How can you address the tooth loss?
If for one or more of the reasons listed above you have already lost teeth, don’t fret; modern dentistry can still land you a helping hand. You are, naturally, advised to take action as soon as possible and adapt your daily habits to prevent the loss of additional teeth. A missing tooth can be replaced via the following solutions:
• Dental implant
An implant constitutes the optimal solution in terms of comfort and convenience, but it also costs the most. The implant consists of an artificially created tooth root implanted in the jawbone. The dentist will then attach a crown to the support root and voila, you can smile confidently once again! Implants are permanent solutions.
• Fixed bridges
A less expensive alternative, the bridge utilizes the surrounding teeth as anchorage for the replacement crown. It doesn’t necessitate a jaw implanted root, because the adjacent crowns are fused as one, providing all the support required. Just like the implant, the fixed bridge is permanent.
• Partial/full denture
The least pricy alternative, the partial or full dentures are detachable replacements that can be designed to fill in for the missing teeth. They fulfill mainly aesthetic roles, but also help ensure the remaining teeth don’t shift towards the empty spaces. Removable dentures are generally uncomfortable and do not permit patients to chew solid foods properly with them, but they can be customized to look genuine.