Tooth loss can happen for many reasons – periodontal disease, trauma or lack of tooth maintenance. In fact, gum disease is one of the world’s leading cause of tooth loss among adults. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, over 64.7 million Americans suffer from a mild or severe form of gum disease – with that number increasing to almost 70.1% in adults 65 and over. Although gum disease is the leading factor of tooth loss it’s not the only influence, as some reasons may include high blood pressure, diabetes, never going to the dentist for a dental hygiene check-up, excessive alcohol consumption, and more.
Osteoporosis is another factor that plays into tooth loss for adults over the age of 35. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, osteoporosis causes the deterioration of bone in your body and your teeth, it usually develops gradually and without causing any symptoms. Diagnoses of this disease will be made by your doctor with bone density tests.
Although the risks for tooth loss seem grand, they can also be controlled and eliminated with proper treatment. Below you will find what can increase your risk for tooth loss and what can be done to remove the obstacles.
Some foods that contain large amounts of sugars, acids and carbohydrates can cause the tooth to decay. According to organization Mouth Cancer, half of all mouth cancers are due to poor nutrition. See below for healthy foods that assist in lowering oral cancer.
Bruxism is the habit of grinding or clenching of the teeth. This habit can often manifest when sleeping. As a result, there are consequences that can happen to the implants ranging from excessive wear on the crown of the implant to lack of osseointegration, to loosening or fracture of the implant restoration. During the healing process after the dental implant is placed, implant cannot undergo an excessive amount of pressure. For this cause teeth grinding can inhibit implant recovery.
What many of our prospective patients don’t know is that our jawbone is much like a muscle in the way that it requires constant exercise in order to retain its shape and structure. This exercise usually comes from vibrations that result from the impact of food on our teeth and from speaking. These vibrations travel down the roots of our teeth and into the jawbone. However, when you lose a tooth, the portions of the jawbone that that tooth was connected to are no longer getting the exercise they need to stay healthy and will begin to deteriorate as a result.
People who don’t brush their teeth are at risk to contracting heart disease and type 2 diabetes. This is due to inflammation that is caused to the rest of your body because of oral bacteria. When the bacteria that’s in your mouth gets into your body, your liver reacts by producing a reactive protein that contributes to the negative inflammatory effects. Often this can lead to heart disease and other bodily issues. Research shows that 1 in 5 Americans does not brush their teeth twice a day. In addition, brushing your teeth helps eliminate plaque buildup. If you choose a toothpaste that has whitening effects, it can remove stains on your teeth.
Smoking is the main culprit of many other bodily complications that can have detrimental effects to your oral health. For example, smoking tobacco can cause halitosis or chronic bad breath. It can also stain your teeth, and it can also increase the risks of contracting oral cancer. Another negative development that tobacco can produce is making your immune system weak, this slows down the process of healing (if you had a surgery or wound).
A person who has a confident smile is more approachable and exudes a natural confidence. According to Know Your Teeth, nearly 20 million teeth are extracted each year leaving many people to deal with the psychological effects of a less than perfect smile. A study conducted by European Journal of Oral Health revealed that losing teeth could actually worsen your memory! In addition, missing your teeth could also reduce your happiness and affect your speech. Acquiring dental implants can create a new and improved smile, that will bring back confidence and your smile.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution that avoids having to wear removable partial or complete dentures. For many people, missing teeth lead to an unattractive smile, embarrassment from loose dentures, pain, a less active lifestyle, and more. The decision to replace missing teeth with dental implants is an excellent investment in your oral health and appearance.
This tooth replacement option provides a more natural tooth replacement than dentures because they’re artificial teeth that are attached directly to the jawbone. Due to their unmatched stability and longevity, dental implants are by far the best and most stable long-term tooth replacement option. Also, implant supported teeth are the closest thing possible to natural teeth. They look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.
There are many risks that can happen as a result of tooth loss. Dr. Andrey Rossius will be happy to sit down with you and answer any questions you have in regards to tooth loss prevention and dental implants. We encourage you to contact us and schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrey Rossius at Wellness Dental Center.
Dr. Andrey Rossius
3665 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd
Westlake Village, CA