Tooth loss occurs often enough that many people may believe it’s just a natural part of aging, like wrinkles and white hair. The truth, though, is that your teeth are a vital part of your existence, and they’re meant to last a lifetime. Nevertheless, losing teeth remains a significant problem, even with today’s advanced dental treatments and preventive measures. Today, we explain how your teeth are meant to last for life, and why replacing lost teeth is essential to improving and maintaining your smile.
By definition, accidents occur without warning, and preventing your tooth from being accidentally knocked out isn’t always an option. The majority of adult tooth loss in America, however, occurs from severe gum disease, which destroys the gums and jawbone that support your teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is more than a suggestion; it’s necessary to control the buildup of harmful oral bacteria that can irritate and inflame your gums. Otherwise, plaque can cause the tissues to separate from your teeth and pave the way for gum disease’s development.
To increase the efficacy of your daily hygiene routine, be sure to attend a dental checkup and cleaning at least once every six months. During your routine visit, your dentist will thoroughly clear your teeth and gums of bacterial plaque and tartar, as well as perform a comprehensive exam to inspect for early signs of disease. When caught early, gum disease can be controlled and sometimes reversed with proper periodontal maintenance and improved hygiene.
Without counting your four wisdom teeth, which are largely unnecessary and frequently removed due to complications, a healthy human mouth contains 28 teeth. Losing one of them means you’ve only lost just over 3% of a full house, and in most instances, such a loss might be acceptable. When it comes to your smile, however, remaining teeth can drift towards the open gap, and if not corrected, the loss of your tooth’s roots can inhibit the nutrient supply to your jawbone, resulting in jawbone deterioration.