Having dental problems may cause some anxiety. It can be difficult to know precisely your options or what will be done to help you. But, getting treated for oral health problems can save you from other health problems and maintain your beautiful smile.
One problem that you may be facing is treating tooth loss. And although it may be an uncomfortable or daunting problem, there are options for bringing back your great smile and healthy teeth. Here’s a guide on what causes tooth loss and options for treating tooth loss.
Are you interested in getting a comprehensive consultation for your tooth loss? Schedule an appointment with Alaska Dental Arts today!
What Causes Tooth Loss?
As people have learned more about overall health, including oral health, there is more of a push to optimize your wellness. This has resulted in more older Americans keeping their teeth longer and allowing them to maintain their dental structures. But there are still chances for all people to experience tooth loss.
Going to your dentist regularly can help maintain your oral health and catch problems early on. They can spot signs of tooth loss before it happens and work toward preventing it. The following are some problems that may cause tooth loss.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease begins when bacteria build up on teeth and gums, leading to gum inflammation. As it progresses, it destroys the gum tissues and can deteriorate the jawbone underneath the gums, resulting in no support for the teeth. Without this support, teeth eventually become lose and fall out.
Gum disease can occur due to poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque to build up on the teeth and harden. This can lead to painful symptoms such as soreness, bleeding gums, painful chewing problems, and eventually tooth loss.
Cavities are holes in the teeth caused by a bacterial infection that turns into tooth decay. If untreated, it can lead to the cavity destroying the pulp in the center of the tooth. This can sometimes lead to a root canal or even tooth removal.
Cavities can be prevented by practicing good oral health, including brushing and flossing the teeth regularly, choosing healthy foods and drinks, and making regular trips to the dentist. Some symptoms that may occur due to a cavity include:
- Toothache or spontaneous pain
- Tooth sensitivity
- Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot, or cold
- Visible holes or pits in your teeth
- Brown, black, or white staining on the surface of the teeth
- Pain when you bite down
Physical Injury or Trauma
Although not common in adults, accidental injury to the mouth through situations such as sports can lead to tooth loss. Some people can cause trauma to their teeth by removing caps, tops, or lids with their teeth. Even loosening knots, tearing off tags, or cutting threads with your teeth can cause them harm.
These accidents can often be prevented — you can even prevent dental sports injuries with mouth guards. It would be helpful to avoid chewing on ice, opening nut shells with your teeth, or chewing on popcorn kernels. Protecting your teeth can help prevent tooth loss and other possible dental problems.
Have you experienced tooth loss and aren’t sure what to do? Visit Alaska Dental Arts so we can help restore your smile!
What Are Treatment Options for Tooth Loss?
When you have lost a tooth or multiple teeth, there are a few treatment options that you can consider. At Alaska Dental Arts, our expert team of dental professionals will provide a comprehensive consultation to analyze the status of your teeth, gums, and dental structure. Once you’ve been evaluated, your treatment plan can be curated to fit your needs and situation.
We offer a few different options for you that will fit your needs. The following are your options for fixing your tooth loss.
One of your options is to get a fixed or resin-retained bridge. A fixed bridge will connect the gap between one or more missing teeth. Once the bridge is placed, you’ll have teeth that feel and function naturally. It typically doesn’t require removal for cleaning, which can be a more cost-effective treatment.
Getting a resin-retained bridge is often less invasive than a fixed bridge. While a fixed bridge is good for filling in teeth used for chewing, resin-retained bridges can be a good alternative for missing front teeth. The bridges will attach to the neighboring teeth on each side and can be less expensive than fixed bridges.
Tooth loss can be detrimental to your overall oral health, but dentures can be a great way to address widespread tooth loss. There are two options for dentures, including complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are designed to replace all the teeth in a full dental arch, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Dentures can be a great choice for tooth loss treatments as they are affordable and convenient. They’ll allow you to easily restore your ability to chew, speak, and smile. New dental technology allows dentures to mimic the appearance of natural teeth while providing a comfortable fit.
Dental implants can be a great option for people suffering from missing or decaying teeth that give symptoms of discomfort, pain, and decreased confidence. However, with the modern advancement of dental implants, you’ll get a new tooth that works and functions like (or better than) the original.
There are many benefits to getting dental implants that can be life-changing, including:
- Durable, more permanent solution
- Improved appearance
- Eat the foods you like
- Speak naturally
- Preserve facial structure
Dental implant options all start with a consultation that examines your teeth and educates you about them. At Alaska Dental Arts, we care about empowering and educating you with the right knowledge so you can make dental decisions that best fit your needs and wants. If you’re interested in seeing if you are a dental implant candidate, you can take our short quiz on our website to see.
Why Should You Choose Alaska Dental Arts?
We know choosing your dental hygienist is a big deal. Your teeth are important to your overall health and how you present yourself to the world. When you choose Alaska Dental Arts, you’re choosing a dentist that cares about you, your family, and how your smile brightens your life.
Choosing us means you can rest assured that we’ll keep you happy and healthy. We can be your one-stop shop for dental care with services such as emergency dental care, family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.
Our Dental Savings Plan allows you and your family to get the quality dental services they deserve for just $200 a year. With this plan, you can save money on periodic exams, regular cleaning, check-ups, x-rays, fluoride treatment, and emergency exams.
Come to one of our three locations in Anchorage, Juneau, or North Pole, AK, to learn more about your tooth loss treatment options. We will provide a comprehensive consultation evaluating which option is best for you. Don’t settle for mediocre care when you can get excellent care that will help you achieve your dreams’ smile goals and maintain your oral health.
Are you ready to treat your missing tooth? Schedule an appointment with Alaska Dental Arts today!