A full set of teeth is 32 teeth in total, which includes molars, premolars, canines and incisors. You may be surprised to learn that by middle age (45 to 65), many people have lost at least one of their teeth, and that 25 percent of all people over 65 have lost all of their teeth due to common causes such as gum disease, injury or decay.
Periodontal diseases affect the ligaments and tissue found in the gums, which root your teeth in place and help encourage the growth of the jawbone in the area around the tooth. Tooth decay, meanwhile, occurs when bacteria in your mouth turns the sugars and starches that build up in your mouth into acids that eat away at the protective layers of enamel on your teeth, creating cavities and ultimately killing the tooth if the issue isn’t resolved in a timely manner.
The other common cause of tooth loss is injuries, such as accidents during sporting events or acts of violence. These injuries can even cause trauma to the gums and jawbone—it may take months or years after the initial impact for the tooth to be irreparably damaged, because the damage to the tooth root below the surface of the gum isn’t visible and cannot easily be tracked without x-rays.
Replacing lost teeth
Every tooth in your mouth is important and plays a role in creating the structure of your mouth and in helping you eat and speak, which is why the importance of replacing missing teeth in Phoenix can’t be understated. If you’re missing one or more teeth, it can result in your having to transfer biting pressure onto other teeth, causing more wear and tear to those teeth and potentially making them wear down faster. Plus, spaces in the mouth can result in other teeth shifting around, or can make it easier for plaque to build up in areas that can be difficult to clean. In addition, the bone that once surrounded the lost tooth may begin to erode or deteriorate, which can be problematic for your long-term jaw health.
For these reasons, you should take steps to replace teeth when they go missing. Fortunately, there are a number of different tooth replacement options in today’s dental world.
Implants are one such example—a small titanium post gets fixed into the bone socket where your tooth once sat. The jawbone then begins to grow back around that implant, which holds it in place. Once the implant bonds with the bone, an abutment gets fitted to hold the new tooth in place, and then the crown gets attached to the abutment. Implants are beneficial for improving biting function, and they are nearly indistinguishable from the natural teeth that surround them. They also benefit from being a permanent solution, unlike bridges or dentures.
Still, fixed bridges and dentures do continue to be used. Bridges can replace several missing teeth at once, while dentures can come in full or partial sets.
For more information about the importance of replacing missing teeth in Phoenix, contact a dentist at Modern Smiles Family Dentistry today.
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