Factors That Lead to Tooth Loss
Most people think that they do a good job of taking care of their teeth. This is often why many adults avoid the dentist. We certainly do not think we will ever need dentures now or in the foreseeable future.
However, available data indicates that the use of dentures is quite prevalent. More than most people may think. Fortunately, if you take care of your teeth and gums, you can effectively reduce your risk for tooth loss. This seems like a simple concept but tooth loss is very common is Prescott Valley. Many patients come to us when it is too late to save those infected teeth.
When are dentures necessary? Here is a list of factors that can contribute to tooth loss.
You don’t visit your dentist regularly
Experts recommend visiting your Prescott Valley dentist at least twice a year. For many people, this recommended number of visits may seem too much. However, when you visit your dentist on a regular basis, small problems can be identified and remedied thus reducing risk for tooth loss and the need for dentures. Think of it in comparison to changing the oil on your car.
You are suffering from gum inflammation
Gum disease, which can range from gingivitis to periodontal disease, is fairly common among adults. In fact, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss and affects three out of four people at some point in their lives.
Fortunately, once gum disease is detected and correctly treated, your risk for tooth loss goes down substantially. However, if you leave your gum disease untreated, it can progress to bone loss which in turn can lead to tooth loss.
Your teeth are shifting
When your teeth become loose and shift position or if you notice that the gap between your teeth seem to be getting wider, you might be suffering from gum disease. In fact, one of the signs that you have advanced gum disease is loose teeth. In some cases, loose teeth need to be extracted.
You’re suffering from severe toothaches
Toothaches are often a sign that a teeth is decayed. In some cases, the affected tooth can still be saved with dental fillings. However, if the decay has become extensive, the tooth needs to be removed and be replaced by dentures.
You have a few missing teeth
If you have a few missing teeth, the remaining teeth need to work harder and fill in for the loss teeth. This leads to added pressure to your remaining teeth and an increase in your risk for losing more teeth. In this situation, your dentist will recommend the use of prosthesis to relieve some of the pressure on your remaining teeth.
You’re frequently suffering from indigestion
One possible culprit for your digestive problem are your teeth. If you can’t chew your food properly, you tend to swallow larger pieces of food which makes things more difficult for your stomach. People who have a hard time chewing their food often suffer from sore or cracked teeth which are often signs of a bigger dental problem.
You’re embarrassed about your smile
Some patients wear dentures before they even need these due to aesthetic reasons. In fact, wearing dentures can positively affect a person’s confidence. However, this option is not for everyone.
Consult your dentist in Prescott at Horizon Dental Group to determine whether wearing dentures is the right option for you.