What if I Have Advanced Tooth Loss?
When you lose multiple teeth, it can make quite a dramatic impact on your smile. Not only is your appearance affected, but the health of your mouth is put on the line. Losing several teeth can be caused by severe tooth decay, a major accident or injury, or advanced periodontitis (gum disease). Poor oral hygiene can lead to a combination of tooth decay and gum disease. Not treating these two conditions at early stages can lead to a breakdown of the tissues in your mouth, which can ultimately lead to weak foundations to support your teeth. After you have sustained advanced tooth loss, it is important to manage the situation in an effort to protect your health, restore your abilities to chew, bite, and speak, and return that confidence in your appearance.
Protect Your Health
It is important that you and your dentist pinpoint the cause(s) of your tooth loss. Severe periodontitis cannot be reversed, but it can be treated. Treatment can help to protect the rest of your teeth, and to limit your risks of diseases associated with advanced gum disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Once the cause has been treated, you can deal with protecting your health from the effects of tooth loss. Losing a tooth can lead to bone loss in the jaw. This bone loss can lead to a change in the shape of your face and a loss of other teeth. Dental implants can replace the roots of the teeth and help prevent bone loss.
Losing teeth can limit your ability to chew, bite, and speak. It can also make you feel ashamed to smile or laugh. Restoring your missing teeth with prosthesis can give you back the smile you once had. Depending on the nature of your tooth loss, there are options of prosthetic that include crowns, bridges, and dentures.