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Gaps to Be Filled: Common Causes of Tooth Loss

May 19, 2016 @ 12:36 PM — by Dr. Bird | Comments (0)
Tagged with: Missing Teeth | Restorative Dentistry |

A tooth in a domeDr. Gerald W. Bird and Dr. Jay A. Johnson have proudly helped the people of the greater Melbourne area have healthy, beautiful smiles. When these patients are missing teeth, this may mean the use of dental implants (artificial tooth roots), which can support dental bridges, dentures, and individual dental crowns.

Let's take a moment to consider the causes of tooth loss. During a consultation at our practice, we can help determine the ideal treatment option to improve the health and beauty of your smile.

Severe Tooth Decay

When major tooth decay occurs, this can lead to serious issued with the strength, stability, and structure of your teeth. This means serious breaking or damage to your tooth can occur from regular biting or chewing, possibly resulting in tooth loss.

Serious Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease refers to the bacterial infection of the gum tissue. When this occurs, it can lead to serious inflammation, swelling or the gums, loose teeth, and eventual tooth loss. This is why it's important to get gum disease treated ASAP.

Major Gum Recession

Gum recession may occur as a result of gum disease, though it can also occur as a result of serious trauma to the gums and other serious problems. Gum recession can cause loose teeth, tooth decay below the gumline, and tooth loss.

Smoking and the Use of Tobacco Products

Smoking and the use of chewing tobacco can make gum disease more likely and also contribute to gum disease and serious dental problems. People who smoke are two to three times more likely to lose teeth than non-smokers.

Auto Accidents and Vehicle Collisions

If you are involved in a car or motorcycle accident of some kind or even a bike or skateboard accident, severe trauma to the head or face can result in tooth loss, sometimes of a severe degree.

Slips and Falls

Serious slips and falls can lead to the loss of teeth or severe tooth damage, which is especially true in cases that involve falling head first or face first.

Contact and Combat Sports

People who play contact sports or engage in combat sports face serious risk of tooth loss or tooth damage. This includes the following sports:

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Tournament martial arts
  • Mixed martial arts (MMA)

In addition to contact and combat sports, sometimes very physical and competitive sports such as basketball and soccer can lead to tooth loss given the potential for blows to the head and face.

Injuries While Eating

Sometimes while you are eating something, you may accidentally bite into something hard quite suddenly, such as a bone or an unpopped popcorn kernel. In these cases, doing this can lead to major tooth damage, so much so that it can result in tooth loss.

Workplace Accidents

People who work in construction or in industrial workplaces run a higher risk of serious injury. When this involves a blow to the mouth or face, tooth loss may occur.

Physical Altercations and Assaults

People who are involved in a fight or involved in some sort of physical altercation can potentially lose a tooth or multiple teeth as a result of a blow to the head or face.

Speak with Dr. Gerald W. Bird and Dr. Jay A. Johnson

To learn more about tooth loss and how we can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile again, be sure to contact our team of oral surgeons and dental surgery specialists today. Dr. Gerald W. Bird and Dr. Jay A. Johnson are here to help you have a full set of teeth and excellent dental wellness.

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