What causes tooth loss?
There are many reasons as to why adults will lose their teeth. The most common way is a combination of poor oral hygiene and a bad diet.
We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes and also floss at least once a day to help reduce the amount of plaque build in and around your teeth. Plaque build-up can cause cavities. Cavities are caused as the bacteria eats away at the enamel on your teeth. Bad oral hygiene can also cause you to get inflamed and infected gums which are signs of gum disease. Both gum disease and tooth decay can weaken the tissues supporting your teeth which then leads to your teeth becoming loose and then possibly falling out.
Your diet is also key to maintaining your teeth and good oral hygiene. Eating a lot of sugary sweets, gum and other sugary snacks as well as drinking sugary drinks, can lead to tooth loss. Having lots of sugar in your diet contributes to tooth decay especially if you don’t use correct oral hygiene techniques. Smoking also contributes to tooth loss as it really damages your gums.
Should I replace a missing tooth?
There are a few reasons why you should replace your missing teeth promptly after they fall out.
The first reason is to keep your smile looking as good as possible to help your confidence. Having a missing tooth can affect your confidence so replacing your missing teeth will certainly help you remain confident about your smile.
Also, a gap in your teeth may contribute to the movement of your other teeth. The teeth surrounding the area of the missing tooth will tend to shift towards each other in order to fill the missing gap.
Lastly, replacing a missing tooth can be vital to how your teeth function. Your teeth are used for eating, communicating and smiling. If you are missing a tooth or more than one tooth, it can affect your pronunciation of words. Also, when eating certain types of food, it can affect how you eat and it can be very uncomfortable.
What treatments are there that can replace a tooth/teeth?
There are 3 main treatments that we would suggest to replace missing teeth.
The first treatment we would suggest for missing teeth is Dental Implants. In our opinion, dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. They act as a natural tooth root, allowing a crown to be attached which looks just like your other teeth. Here are some benefits of having dental implants:
- Implants feel & look like natural teeth
- Eat & drink with comfort
- Implants are long lasting, stable and comfortable
- We use a high quality branded implant for treatment
- Clinically proven
- High success rate
The second treatment we would recommend are Bridges. A bridge is a fixed solution to a missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are typically made of precious metal base which gives them a solid structure and makes them hard wearing. They are bonded to your natural teeth and a crown is placed in the gap. Having bridges makes chewing and eating easier as they are fixed.
The last treatment we would suggest would be Dentures. If you have a few or all your teeth missing, then dentures are a very good solution to solve this. A denture is made from a hard wearing material that mimics the look of teeth and gums to give your mouth a very natural appearance. You can remove your dentures so you can clean it to make sure your oral hygiene levels remain high.
Is it expensive to have missing tooth/teeth replaced?
Replacing missing teeth does come at a cost but we offer monthly payments which can help your dental treatment be more affordable in the long run. For example, one of the treatments we offer are dental implants. Dental implants could cost you from £39.90 per month over 60 months with 9.9% APR. If you want to know more about our finance, try our finance calculator to see what other monthly plans would suit you best and you can also have a look at the prices of all other treatments we have to offer. https://www.dentalcaregroup.org/dental-fees/