Tooth loss affects more people than you would believe. Tooth decay statistics continually rise in the United States, which is a major reason why so many people lose their teeth. You may be surprised to find out that more than 36 million people in the United States are toothless. Millions more are missing at least one tooth. Losing one tooth can lead to losing many more teeth. We can help you to know how tooth loss happens, how you can avoid it and what dental services can restore your smile once more!
Common Causes of Tooth Loss
One of the most common causes of tooth loss is gum disease. A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report revealed that 47.2 percent of adults have some form of periodontal disease–over half of the American population. In its more serious form, called periodontitis, the gums can pull away from the tooth, bone can be lost, and the teeth may loosen or even fall out. The good news is, gum disease and periodontal disease are preventable! Dr. Niles and her friendly staff can teach you tips and advise you on at-home tools to help you safeguard your smile from tooth loss due to gum disease.
Another common cause of tooth loss is injury, especially if you are an athlete. If you have a tooth knocked out from injury or an accident, your smile doesn’t have to suffer forever.
How to Prevent Tooth Loss
When it comes to preventing tooth loss, one of the most important things you can do is commit to regular oral hygiene practices and check-ups with Dr. Niles. Tooth decay is a painless process until it gets to stages that are often irreparable. This is why so many people are suffering from gum disease right now and don’t even know it.
When it comes to tooth loss from athletic injury, the best prevention strategy is to use a mouthguard. Mouthguards are tools that we custom-craft for you to protect your mouth from injury. The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) reports that 13-39% of dental injuries are caused by athletic activities when mouthguards were not being used. The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety has additional findings that show that dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury in athletics. An athlete is 60 times more likely to have an oral trauma when NOT wearing a protective mouthguard. Oral injuries often cause permanent damage that could have been prevented if the participant had used a mouthguard.
Dental Services to Restore Your Smile After Tooth Loss
One of the most common methods for restoring your smile after tooth loss is with a dental implant. This state-of-the-art technology puts a synthetic tooth where your natural tooth used to be in a way that looks, acts, and feels natural.
Dental implants are solidly fixed in your mouth by inserting a metal post into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. Dental implants can restore beauty to your smile by replacing the gap the missing tooth left while also providing needed functionality for your bite and the surrounding teeth.
Dental bridges and crowns are used to correct teeth that are damaged, or to fill in missing teeth.
A bridge is a method to fill the space created by missing teeth that may be used if the missing tooth (teeth) can not be replaced with dental implants. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support, hence the name. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth.
A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.
A crown, also referred to as a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment.
Call to Schedule a Smile Consultation Today
If you are struggling with tooth loss, let us help you restore your smile and your oral health. Not doing anything could trigger more tooth loss and other associated problems. A complete smile also boosts your confidence and how you interact with others. Dr. Niles is a family dentist in Niwot, Colorado, with convenient access to the communities of Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, and Louisville. Niles Family Dentistry offers state-of-the-art family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Call for your appointment today at (720) 744-0001. We look forward to meeting you and your family!
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