What you need to know about tooth loss
- Posted on: Dec 29 2017
Tooth loss is not something our society talks about a lot. Sure, it comes up when we are kids anxious for the tooth fairy to arrive with money in exchange for our pearly whites, but after our new teeth have all grown in, it really doesn’t come up much. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, however. In New York and around the nation, tooth loss is a common situation. Just ask Demi Moore.
The actress recently reported that she lost her two front teeth as an adult. She said that they simply fell out as a result of stress, but they appear to have since been replaced. So how does tooth loss among adults happen–and what can you do if you are a victim of it? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
There are numerous causes
Stress might play a part in your tooth loss, but it is probably not the only contributing factor. Over time, conditions like grinding can wear down teeth to a point where they are no longer sturdy enough to hold up on their own. Sometimes, we see patients who have lost teeth after a sporting accident or a fall. Others have had years of dental neglect, ignoring cavities to the point where they are completely taking over teeth and making the bones no longer functional. Additionally, if you significantly crack a tooth, the simplest solution might be to remove it because it will not repair itself as other bones do.
You can prevent it
While you can’t completely take the stress out of your busy schedule, there are other things you can do to reduce the chances of needing a tooth extraction or having your teeth independently fall out. For example, keeping up with regular dental check ups and maintaining a healthy tooth care routine can go along way in protecting your smile and keeping your mouth in good shape. You should also avoid outside factors that lead to poor tooth conditions, including excessive consumption of corrosive drinks, like soda; using any form of tobacco; and chewing on hard substances, like candy and ice. You can never make yourself completely immune, but even simple steps to protect your mouth add up when it comes to playing defense.
You don’t have to live with gaps
Even if you find yourself in a position where you have missing teeth, know that they don’t have to be a permanent part of your life. Today, there are many options for replacing teeth. Dentures are still a common solution, but they have recently been competing with permanent implants that require less maintenance and offer a more genuine-looking grin. Implants are also an ideal option if you are only missing a few teeth. Your replacement tooth will be matched to the shade of its surrounding neighbors, so you’ll hardly even notice that it’s there.
Having missing teeth is a fairly common issue. If you find yourself with the gaps or are wondering how long your natural teeth will last, don’t hesitate to connect with us for a consultation. We can be reached at 800.583.9285 or by filling out the contact form on our website.
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