Tooth loss can be a traumatic, and often overwhelming experience. If left untreated, missing teeth can take a toll on your oral health, overall wellbeing, and appearance. Dr. Michael Hansford offers several tooth replacement options to restore the form and function of your smile. As the side effects of tooth loss can come on quickly, we recommend seeking treatment as soon as possible to protect your teeth and jawbone. We are proud to offer comprehensive care to the Vernon, BC, community and will work with you to develop a plan that fits your needs.
Causes of Tooth Loss
A recent study released by the Canadian Dental Association found that two percent of individuals worldwide suffer from severe tooth loss, with many more patients missing at least one tooth or more. Tooth loss can occur as a result of a variety of factors:
- Aging: Getting older increases your risk of tooth loss and other oral health issues.
- Poor oral hygiene: Neglecting to brush and floss, as well as failing to visit your dentist can result in cavities and tooth loss if left untreated.
- Smoking: Studies have demonstrated a strong link between cigarette smoking and tooth loss.
- Diabetes: One in every five individuals with missing teeth has a history of diabetes.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: Studies have linked rheumatoid arthritis to periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss.
- Advanced periodontal disease: Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
- Trauma: While certain health conditions can increase your risk of tooth loss, an injury or accident can also cause you to lose a permanent tooth.
- Genetic disorders: Hereditary conditions such as ectodermal dysplasia can cause severe dental health problems and should be evaluated by a dentist early on.
- Tooth grinding: Bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching) can place excessive pressure on your teeth, causing them to become loose.
No matter the cause of your tooth loss, Dr. Hansford can provide a treatment that helps you achieve long-lasting oral health.
Delaying a visit to your dentist can cause additional concerns and require more costly intervention later on.
Consequences of Missing Teeth
Tooth loss can impact your daily life in more ways than one.
Effects on Oral Health
Missing teeth can make actions like chewing, speaking, and smiling difficult. In some cases, surrounding teeth can shift following tooth loss, leading to misalignment and jaw pain. Almost immediately after you lose a tooth, the supporting jawbone tissue begins to deteriorate because it is no longer stimulated by the dental roots. As a result, the shape of your jaw can change and lead to more widespread complications.
Effects on Overall Health
The negative side effects of missing teeth are not limited to your oral health. Many patients with missing teeth sacrifice healthy food because it is simply too difficult to chew. As a result, patients can develop poor nutrition and other systemic diseases.
Effects on Appearance
Missing teeth can affect your appearance and impact your self-confidence. Changes in your bone structure can cause your face to appear sunken and your lips puckered, causing you to look older than you are.
What Are Your Options?
Your treatment options will depend on the number of teeth your are missing, your personal goals, and your budget.
To place a dental crown, your dentist will remove compromised tissue and reshape the tooth.