By the time you’ve entered your late 30s you’ve more than likely gotten married, started a family, and maybe chosen a solid career path. A recent study conducted by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) also shows by the time you reach your late 30s, you may be one of the 69% of adults that has lost at least one tooth either due to gum disease, a failed root canal, tooth decay, and/or an accident. In some cases, tooth loss can be prevented, especially through proper dental and oral care which means daily brushing and flossing along with routine trips to the dentist. However, there are times when accidents happen and tooth loss can be caused by a variety of unforeseen events.
So how can you avoid having to deal with tooth loss? The study also goes on to say that if you have already lost a tooth, it’s crucial that you see a dentist ASAP so that the tooth can be properly cleaned, treated, and replaced. Tooth loss can subsequently result in further tooth loss as your remaining teeth can become infected or may weaken as they take on the strain and force that is usually evenly divided between the teeth when you chew.
The idea is to fix the problem before it becomes something much bigger. Not only will 69% of adults have a missing tooth before their late 40s, by the age of 74, 26% of seniors have lost all of their natural permanent teeth. Preventing tooth loss isn’t hard or very time consuming. Brushing and flossing every day along only requires a few minutes of your time and scheduled visits to the dentist are only a phone call or email away. When combined, these are the best ways to keep your oral health in check. Sadly, there is a 92% prevalence of tooth decay in society today. In the event that you lose a tooth, there are a variety of dental techniques and fixes that can be used in order to replace the tooth or teeth that you have lost.1
Replacing Permanent Teeth
In the event that you suffer from tooth loss due to whatever reason, the first step is to work with a highly qualified dentist such as Dr. Matthews. Dr. Matthews has plenty of experience working with patients who are looking to recomplete their smile. Dental implants, dental crowns and bridges, and even dentures can be used to make your smile whole again. Dr. Matthews will work with you to decide what fix is best suited for giving you your smile and confidence back. Call our office today!