Common Signs and Symptoms of Missing Teeth
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The following are the possible causes of missing teeth:
- Gum Disease
Gum disease can lead to missing teeth. It is often the result of inflammation and infection of the gums, which causes the essential bone that supports the teeth to be lost. When this occurs, tooth loss may become unavoidable without early intervention and management.
- Tooth Decay
Harmful bacteria attack the teeth and erode the enamel’s protective layer, causing tooth decay which can eventually result in tooth loss.
- Physical Trauma
Physical trauma to the mouth or face can lead to severe dental issues, including even the loss of teeth. Dental traumas occur when a hard blow to the mouth, usually from sporting activities, falls, physical fights, or vehicle accidents.
Genetics is an essential factor to consider when it comes to missing teeth. Hypodontia is a condition that can be inherited and cause an individual to be born with fewer than the usual number of teeth.
When teeth are missing from your mouth, it can increase the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay. It is because the jawbone may start shrinking without support, creating deep pockets where bacteria thrive, which leads to gum disease. The adjacent teeth are also at higher risk for decaying due to a lack of protection from surrounding structures resulting in a domino effect on oral health!
If you have missing teeth, it may take several weeks or months to get them replaced. The duration depends on the management plan that works for your unique situation.
You can avoid further tooth loss quite easily. You can significantly lower your risk of further tooth damage and subsequent tooth loss by visiting the dentist regularly and maintaining good oral hygiene.
Yes, missing teeth can affect your overall health.
Eating regular meals can be significantly more challenging and occasionally impossible when teeth are missing. Without the proper calorie and nutrient intake, you won’t be able to maintain your health. It may eventually lead to malnutrition.