Tooth loss affects many adults, but fortunately the issue can be prevented and treated.  

An overwhelming number of adults lose their teeth, particularly as they age. Adult tooth loss, also known as edentulism, is an irreversible condition. Fortunately, the issue can be resolved with a number of tooth replacement treatments, and with the right care, it is often possible to avoid the condition altogether and tooth loss. Read on to find out more about risk factors for tooth loss, how to avoid tooth loss, and what your options are if you need a tooth replacement…

What are the risk factors for tooth loss?    

There are a number of factors that can put you at risk of tooth loss as an adult. One of the main causes of tooth loss is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, which is a severe form of gum disease, can be caused by poor oral hygiene, ageing, genetics and lack of dental care.

Smoking is another factor that increases one’s risk of gum disease and tooth loss. Other risk factors for tooth loss include diabetes, which affects the body’s ability to resist infections; genetic factors; stress; certain medications; and dietary choices. Habits like tooth grinding and jaw clenching can also put excess pressure on the teeth and cause damage in the long term.

How to avoid tooth loss?    

One of the best ways to avoid tooth loss as an adult is to practice proper oral hygiene habits on a daily basis. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and making flossing a part of your daily routine.

It is also very important to see your dentist for regular dental check-ups and cleans. Preventative maintenance can go a long way in lowering the risk of tooth loss, and maintaining your overall oral health.

A balanced diet high in whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat and calcium-rich foods, and low in processed sugar is also helpful in maintaining both physical and oral health.

How can tooth loss be treated?       

If you are suffering from missing teeth, the good news is that there are a number of replacement options available.

Dental implants are designed to restore the function and aesthetics of a missing tooth, and are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. Once the implant is in place and has properly fused with the jawbone, an artificial tooth or crown is attached — find out more about the process here.

Another effective solution for missing teeth, all-on-four dental implants are ideal for patients who require an entire new set of teeth. All-on-four implants provide a natural-looking appearance, and restore a full arch of teeth with the use of titanium implants. The process does not require a bone grafting procedure, which makes it relatively affordable and quick. To find out more about the treatment, please have a look here.

How can we help?    

At Integra Dental, our team of dentists offer a comprehensive range of general dentistry services to help our patients maintain long-term oral hygiene and health. We also offer restorative dentistry, so if you are missing one or more teeth, we can help to restore your oral function, as well as the appearance of your smile. Some of the solutions for missing teeth that we provide include bridges, dental implants, full and partial dentures, and all-on-four implants.

If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.