Losing a tooth is never a good experience. Our adult teeth are meant to last us a lifetime, but many factors can lead to tooth loss. Whatever the cause, if you have lost one or more teeth, you should get in touch with a dentist straight away.
Adult tooth loss has many causes. Gum disease and tooth decay, if left untreated, can result in tooth loss. It may be that you are scared of the dentist – this is a surprisingly common problem in the UK, affecting approximately one in ten people to such an extent that they put off visiting a dental practice for many years, until an emergency arises. Often this can be a tooth falling out or crumbling, or it could be a painful dental abscess.
Modern dentistry has advanced a great deal, and more people than ever before are discovering that the dentist is not someone to be scared of. With techniques ranging from hypnotherapy to sedation available to nervous patients, if you shop around and find a good, caring dentist, you can be helped to overcome your fear and get the treatment you so sorely need to restore you to full oral health.
Accidents and injuries involving the face also commonly lead to tooth loss. A trip or fall, a blow to the head from, for example, a football or cricket ball, can cause teeth to be knocked out. Of course, you should always wear a sports mouthguard when taking part in any sport that involves contact or fast-moving objects, but if your tooth does get knocked out the services of an emergency dentist are required.
Remember: whatever the reason, if you lose a tooth you should always get it replaced.
An increasing number of people who have experienced tooth loss are turning to dental implants, a permanent method of tooth replacement. They don’t just hold your new teeth in place, they also help to prevent your jaw bone shrinking back, and enable you to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Sheen Dental can replace one, some, or even all of your teeth with implants.
Many people with missing teeth struggle to maintain nutrition, and have issues with speech and confidence. Replacing your teeth will alleviate all of these health issues.