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Are Missing Teeth Common?

Posted on Aug 8, 2019, by Phillips & Schmitt, DDS, PA

man with missing toothA missing tooth or teeth can happen in an instant or develop over time. Sometimes we’re living life, and an accident occurs, causing damage to our smile. Decay and deterioration, over time, can also cause a tooth or teeth to loosen and eventually fall out.

At our dental office in Asheville, we meet patients of all ages and stages of life that have a missing tooth or teeth for various reasons. We’ll explore some of these issues in this blog, and what kinds of solutions are available to fix them.

Mind The Numbers: Some Facts & Stats About Missing Teeth

Before we talk numbers, it’s important to remember that if you or someone in your family is missing a tooth or teeth, there’s ample technology, treatments, and tools available in modern dentistry to help make smiles healthy and whole again.

If you’re missing teeth, take a look at these statistics courtesy of the American College of Prosthodontists. You’ll quickly see that, compared to your fellow Americans, you’re certainly not alone.

FACT #1: About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth.
FACT #2: Around 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth.
FACT #3: Thirty percent of adults between the ages of 64-74 have no natural teeth.
FACT #4: Dental decay, trauma, and diseases of the gum and bone are the most common causes of tooth loss.
FACT #5: Approximately 15 to 20 percent of adults ranging from 33 to 44 years of age have some form of gum disease.

What Causes Teeth to Fall Out?

Trust your Asheville dentist to help fix your smile so you can enjoy optimal oral and overall health. But before we talk about all of the innovative ways we can achieve this, let’s take a look at some of the biggest reasons a tooth falls out.

– Tooth decay
Periodontal (gum) disease
– Deterioration due to wear over time
– Genetic issues
– Trauma or injury
– Extractions
– Smoking or tobacco use

Do any of these sound familiar to you? If you’re missing a tooth, chances are it’s because of one (or more) of these reasons. We’ll use state-of-the-art technology and decades of dental experience to assess your case and address your needs in a comfortable, timely manner that fits your schedule.

What Should I Do Next?

If you’re in pain or embarrassed due to missing teeth, please schedule a visit with our convenient, friendly Asheville dental office. We have advanced technology and sought-after expertise to restore your smile and your confidence.

Don’t wait another day to fix your smile. Call us! You deserve total smile health and overall happiness that lasts a lifetime.