Losing a Permanent Tooth
Many mistakenly believe that losing permanent teeth is an uncommon occurrence. In reality, more than 178 million adults lose at least one permanent tooth a year. While the reasons for your tooth falling out are many, typical causes include:
- Trauma to the face, teeth, or gums
- Oral cancers
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay due to poor dental hygiene
- Excess tobacco use
Losing a tooth is a dental emergency. But don’t worry—you can easily fix the situation. From putting your tooth back in, to getting dental implants, dentures, or bridges, read on to learn what to do in the event you lose a tooth.
What Can Happen if You Ignore a Missing Tooth?
When your tooth first falls out, a tiny window—one hour, to be exact—exists during which your dentist can safely place it back in. However, the tooth decays beyond this point. So it is crucial not to ignore your tooth immediately after it falls out.
If you are able to visit a dentist right away, you must pick the tooth up by the crown, rinse it with water, and try to place it back in its socket. If that is not possible, keep the tooth moist at all times by placing it in milk—tap water will destroy root surface cells.
You may think that missing a tooth or two is inconsequential. It is not. Permanent tooth loss can impair your inability to chew food and clean your teeth. What’s more, the teeth surrounding the gap may start to shift, causing a change in your jaw structure; the shift can also lead to crooked teeth.
Do I Need to Replace a Missing Tooth?
Replacing your missing tooth enables you to preserve your dental health. In other words, this allows you to chew better, speak clearly, and smile more confidently.
On top of that, replacing your tooth can help prevent more severe health problems down the line.
What Are Your Options for Replacing Missing Teeth?
The preferred option for replacing a missing tooth is to put it back in. But, in most instances, this is not possible owing to the short time frame and expert care required.
Luckily, many options exist to help replace that gap in your smile.
Dental implants are the preferred option if you are looking to replace a single tooth in a given area. Dentists mount these titanium-based plates onto your jaw, which serve as a base for a replacement tooth.
The primary benefit of dental implants is twofold. First, they are easy to look after and can last a lifetime. Second, because they match the rest of your teeth, no one will ever know that you have a dental implant.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
If you are missing more than one tooth in the same area, consider getting dental crowns and bridges. A dental bridge attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth. These are then fixed into place using dental cement.
However, because dentists bind bridges to existing teeth, ill-fitted bridges can damage them over time. When done correctly, though, dental crowns and bridges can give you natural-looking teeth for years to come.
Dentures are an acceptable choice if you are seeking to replace all your teeth or more than a few teeth. They serve as a natural-looking base to which replacement teeth are attached. So no matter how many teeth need replacing, dentures can cover your needs.
Complete Your Smile Today!
While a missing tooth may seem nothing more than an inconvenience, it can become a significant health problem the longer you ignore it.
Fortunately, there are solutions available. By choosing a state-of-the-art treatment at Dentistry at Consilium, we can help you replace any missing tooth and allow you to maintain your dental health for years to come.
Are you in the Scarborough area? Call us at 416-296-1080 or visit our website to book your life-changing appointment today!