Are you anxious about the loss of your teeth? Well, who isn’t, right? Edentulism is a serious condition and those who suffer its wreath know how difficult it can be. And therefore, our empathetic dentists, from Healthy Smiles Dental Group, are here to help you understand the causes and effects of edentulism.
Some common facts related to teeth loss and the ways to recover:
Over 19% of Australians aged 65 and above have lost all their teeth.
The fact is, no matter how much sturdy they seem, natural teeth are not permanent. Teeth loss can start from an early age. This data by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare isn’t just limited to elders. There are subsequent teeth loss stats about younger people too. Any negligence in their care and they will be gone. You need to look after them and keep a check on the reasons behind their loss.
Tooth decay, gum diseases and trauma are the main causes for edentulism.
The worst enemy of our teeth is decay. It arises out of poor oral hygiene and can hinder the wellbeing of both teeth and gums. Trauma due to accidents can also knock one or two of your pearly whites. You cannot foresee the future, of course, but can take necessary precautions. For example, you can wear tooth guard when playing contact sports, where injuries to teeth are the norm. Besides these conditions, genetics also play an important role. You may have underlying genetic disorders which can make your teeth weaker. In that case, you can consult a reliable dentist who will guide you with right and necessary precautions to be taken by you.
Teeth lose results in troubling your chewing capabilities.
Losing teeth would trouble your chewing capabilities, your favourite food would become a bane then on. Eating becomes a challenge in general and you may find yourself dreading mealtimes. It’s not always easy to resist hard food items such as dried fruits, nuts, and popcorn. Not to forget the sensitivity that comes with losing a tooth. Usually, the void left in gums by a fallen tooth is highly sensitive. This can prevent you from having your favourite ice-cream or piping hot food for some time.
Edentulism can create unbalanced general health.
And poor chewing leads to poor digestion which in turn affects general health. How would you be able to intake the required nutrition when you can hardly chew your food! In some cases, the decay in teeth has travelled to other organs of a person’s body and caused considerable damage.
Imbalance in adjacent teeth due to teeth loss.
The teeth in our jaws have been strategically positioned to support each other. Losing a tooth may also cause the adjacent teeth to shift in order to fill the gaps. This can cause the entire row of teeth to slide and fall in, creating further problems.
Teeth loss can turn into a psychological barrier.
Apart from the functional perspective, your teeth play an important role in your appearance. And teeth loss ensures that a person feels incomplete and embarrassed from not having teeth at the right places, especially at the front of the jaw.
Majority of people find dental implants as the most sustainable solution.
Dental implants are a method to overcome all these predicaments related to teeth loss. Implants are tiny parts made up of titanium fused with other metals. They are inserted into a person’s jawbone, to which they fuse within due time. After a period of healing, crowns are fixed over these implants. This process is made a lot easier with the help of sedation dentistry.
They act just like natural teeth and provide tangible support to gums and jawbone. You can enjoy eating all your favourite food without any worries. Only remember to follow the dentist’s guidance and a healthy oral hygiene regime.