Did you know that millions of American adults are missing at least one tooth? In fact, this is one of the most common issues that we encounter at Calm Dental in Los Angeles.
In this article, we'll discuss some of the most common causes of missing teeth as well as the issues that are caused by missing teeth. Then, we will explain how dental implants can be the best tooth restoration solution.
There are several factors that can cause missing teeth. In some cases, the teeth never erupt. In other cases, tooth loss is due to bad habits, medical conditions, or other factors.
Below, we will explore some of the most common causes of missing teeth that we encounter at Calm Dental.
Some of our patients at Calm Dental are missing teeth due to genetics. Their permanent teeth are unable to erupt due to a malformation of their upper and/or lower jawbone. This is often seen in patients with conditions such as Down Syndrome and cleft lip/palate and is referred to as tooth agenesis. There are three categories of congenitally missing teeth:
1 to 5 permanent teeth never erupt
6+ permanent teeth never erupt
permanent teeth are completely absent
Gum disease causes pockets to develop between your gums and teeth, which ultimately causes the gums to recede. When gums recede, bacteria can get to the tooth roots and jawbone, which causes them to decay and teeth to come out.
This problem can be prevented if you act quickly. The first sign of gum disease is gingivitis. The symptoms of gingivitis include bleeding when brushing and flossing teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis will progress to periodontitis, which requires extensive treatment.
In addition to the above factors, there are a few others that contribute to tooth loss:
If you are missing one or more teeth- even if you've been living with tooth loss for some time- it's important to learn about your tooth restoration options at Calm Dental. If you do not, you may experience one or more of the following issues:
You may not give it much thought, but your teeth impact your ability to speak and eat.
When it comes to speaking, missing teeth can affect the way that air moves through your mouth. You may slur, whistle, or even spit when speaking. This can impact your confidence, making you less likely to start or get involved in conversations.
Your incisors bite/tear food and your molars and premolars grind food, which makes it easier for your body to digest. However, missing teeth make this process difficult. When it's hard to chew, most people choose highly processed foods because they are typically softer and easy to eat. However, these foods lack nutrition, which can lead to malnutrition and digestive issues.
Since the neighboring teeth shift to fill in the gap, as mentioned above, the top and bottom jaws no longer meet properly when the mouth is closed. This problem is known as "irregular bite" or malocclusion, which can create a variety of additional oral and overall health issues. Additionally, your risk of developing TMD, temporomandibular joint disorder, is increased.
Dental implants are known as the "gold standard" of tooth restoration because they look, feel, and function more like natural teeth. Traditional dental implants consist of three pieces:
inserted into the jawbone, acts as an artificial tooth root
connector that secures the crown to the implant
artificial tooth, sits above the gumline
The process of getting dental implants takes at least several months, and may take up to a year, depending on how your body heals. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after implant surgery.
In order to get dental implants, you will have at least 2 surgeries: one to place the implant and one to place the abutment. Some patients require additional procedures, including extractions, bone grafting, and gum disease treatment.
We will start by administering local anesthesia to the area. Once that takes effect, we will make an incision in the gum and drill a tiny hole in the jawbone. The implant will be placed in the hole and the incision closed. You will be sent home to heal, which can take up to 6 months.
During this time, osseointegration will occur, which is the process of the jawbone healing around and fusing with the implant. This secures it in place.
Unfortunately, some implant failures can't be prevented. However, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk:
If you are missing one or more teeth, we encourage you to schedule your consultation today with the team at Calm Dental in Los Angeles. We have the experience and expertise to replace your missing teeth with dental implants.
We are conveniently located at 525 S. Olive Street in Los Angeles. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:40 AM to 6:00 PM. You can schedule your appointment by calling our office at (213) 647-2566 or by visiting our website. We are looking forward to meeting with you and restoring your smile and confidence.
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