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Tooth and Bone Loss

Nobody wants to lose a tooth. However, when it happens, it is important to take the right steps. At Prosthodontic Dental Group, we offer several solutions to fix missing teeth and prevent bone loss. Our specialists have the training and expertise to replace your missing tooth and help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.

CauseS of Tooth Loss

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to infection and tooth decay. Bacteria will eat away at gum tissue and bone until the tooth loosens and eventually falls out. In other cases, the problematic tooth will be removed to relieve pain and discomfort.

Gum disease can be avoided with proper oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day can eliminate the plaque and bacteria that eventually lead to gum disease. Regular checkups and professional cleanings will also help you maintain a healthy mouth.

Tooth loss has also been linked to other factors such as smoking, diabetes, and high blood pressure. If you are over the age of 35, take extra steps to decrease your chances of developing gum disease.

Effects of Tooth and Bone Loss

Losing a tooth can have severe consequences for your oral and overall health. You may experience the following:
•  Loss of bone. Your jawbone receives physical stimulation from the root of your tooth. Without this stimulation, the bone will begin to break down and return to your bloodstream during a process known as resorption. If left untreated, you make experience severe deterioration. This can prevent you from receiving dental implants and even dentures.
•  Problems with remaining teeth. Your teeth will begin to compensate for the empty space. This will cause them to shift. You may experience a misalignment with your bite and unwanted cosmetic issues.
•  Dietary restrictions. Certain foods may become difficult to eat. Your chewing ability will be impaired, and you may not receive proper nutrition.
•  Difficulty with speech. You may have trouble pronouncing certain words without a tooth. Patients sometimes develop a lisp when there is no contact between the tongue and a missing tooth.
•  Change in facial appearance. The loss of bone can cause the structure of your face to change. You may experience a sunken appearance of your lips and cheeks.

Solutions to Tooth and Bone Loss

Sacramento, CA man smiling about the tooth replacement he received through dental implants from his dentist.It is important to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. Dental implants are the ideal choice. Implants can be used to support a single crown, a fixed bridge, or an entire arch of prosthetic teeth. They provide a natural appearance, comfortable fit, and can help preserve your bone structure. If you have undergone severe bone deterioration, you may need to receive a bone graft.

Some patients opt to receive dentures. Dentures can remedy cosmetic issues but are often bulky and uncomfortable. Dentures are primarily used to replace an entire arch of teeth and provide no support for your bone structure.

Seek Treatment Immediately

If you are missing one or more teeth, seek treatment immediately. Call (916) 264-9655 and schedule your appointment now!
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