Top 3 Reasons for Missing Teeth

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Why do some people lose permanent teeth as they age?

Whether you or someone you know is missing teeth, you know the impact of tooth loss. It can take a hit on your confidence… and even worse, affect your abilities to chew and speak.

If you’ve lost teeth, it’s time to speak with your trusted dentist in West Hollywood about dental implants. In the meantime, here are a few of the most common reasons for missing teeth.

Gum Disease

Chances are, your missing teeth are the result of gum disease. 70% of tooth loss is related to periodontal disease.

Gum disease is related to bacteria in the mouth that inflame and break down the gums. Over time, the gum tissue is almost completely destroyed, and there’s nothing left to support the teeth. Without support, the teeth begin to fall out.

You can stave off gum disease by brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing once daily, and rinsing regularly with an antimicrobial mouthwash.

Tooth Decay

Another likely reason for missing teeth is tooth decay. Sugars and bacteria in the mouth eat away at the teeth until they begin to fall apart. You can prevent cavities by having cavities filled, avoiding sugary drinks, and practicing good oral hygiene.

Tooth Injury

If you hit your tooth/teeth hard enough (ie. during a contact sport, car accident, or bad fall), they may be knocked out of your mouth. You can; however, in your daily lives,reduce the risk of tooth injury by:

  • Not chewing on hard foods like popcorn kernels and ice chips
  • Not using your teeth as tools to rip open packages, remove lids, etc.
  • Wearing a mouthguard while playing sports

So Why Do Some People Seem to Lose More Teeth than Others?

It comes down to various risk factors as well as genetics. Some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease and tooth decay. Other risk factors linked to missing teeth include:

  • Poor diet
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Uncontrolled diabetes

Best Treatments for Missing Teeth

If you don’t want missing teeth ruining your smile, consider getting dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants in West Hollywood.

Dentures: Partial dentures can replace a few missing teeth, whereas full dentures replace a full arch of missing teeth. Dentures are relatively affordable and can be taken out of the mouth to clean. However, they may feel a little uncomfortable if they slide around on the gums.

Dental Bridges: Dental bridges include two dental crowns on the existing teeth on either side of the gap, as well as replacement teeth to fill the gap.A dental bridge is a good option for a few missing teeth, but it cannot stimulate the jawbone.

Dental implants: Dental implants replace the missing tooth roots as well as the teeth. The new tooth roots stimulate the jawbone to prevent jawbone deterioration and further tooth loss. Dental implants in West Hollywood are customized to your mouth to look and feel exactly like real teeth.

Dr. Farahmand, DMD of OF Dental Care has been offering high-quality aesthetic, general, and cosmetic dentistry since 2002, and is a highly trusted and reputable dentist in West Hollywood. For further information or to schedule a consultation please contact OF Dental Care at 310.273.3650 or visit www.OFDentalCare.com to learn more.

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