If you are currently dealing with tooth loss, we bet you have noticed a difference in how you speak, the appearance of your smile, and even complications when it comes to chewing food. In addition, you may have some concerns about the social implications and underlying dental complications that may arise. No matter what your concerns are, this article will help you pinpoint causes and solutions for missing teeth.
Tooth decay is the most common cause for missing teeth. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria breaks down sugars from food and drinks into acids that damage tooth enamel over time. A cavity will eventually form, and if left untreated, will destroy the entire tooth structure, leaving a hole that will enlarge over time.
Gum Disease (Periodontitis)
Periodontitis is a disease resulting from a bacteria build-up around each tooth’s gums. It causes inflammation and bleeding due to plaque build-up around each tooth. It leads to bone loss around the roots of your teeth and eventually tooth loss if untreated. Periodontitis can form by simply not flossing your teeth on a regular basis, so here’s your reminder to floss!
Injuries such as sports injuries can lead to missing teeth by damaging your jawbone or completely breaking off a root. The most common types of trauma leading to missing teeth include sports injuries, facial injuries, car accidents, and biting down on hard foods. If you’ve lost a tooth, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our office so we can offer a solution that will improve your dental health and your smile.
Poor Oral Hygiene
If you don’t brush and floss daily, you will likely experience gum disease or tooth decay, which will eventually lead to premature tooth loss. Unfortunately, one in five people admit to not flossing at all within an entire month. Failure to take proper care of your teeth can lead to cavities, gum disease, and other problems that may result in the loss of multiple teeth.
As we age, the gums recede, and the jawbone thins out slightly to create spaces between the remaining teeth. Cleaning these spaces can be challenging and leads to more plaque build-up. Before you know it, the excess space between teeth can affect jaw stability and pose problems with chewing food.
If you have missing teeth, we invite you to schedule an appointment with us today! Our dental team will talk with you, discuss options, and give you tips to avoid future tooth loss. Give us a call or fill out the New Patient Form on our website, and we’ll be in touch soon!