Tooth loss can cause negative effects to the total well being of an individual. It affects the person’s ability to eat, speak and even smile or laugh. People with multiple teeth loss often judges by others to be unhealthy, unhygienic and are not able to take care of themselves. This kind of negativity can influence the person’s self confidence and his/her ability to land a good job.
Losing multiple teeth can be attributed to different factors such as trauma, dental diseases, and bad dental habits such as bruxism or teeth grinding. A tooth or multiple teeth can be knocked out from accidents such as falling where your face hits the ground, colliding to a person or objects in sports, or in vehicular accidents; and trauma, where someone hits you on the face. The most common cause of tooth loss among adults and children is dental diseases. Dental disease if left untreated, will not only cause decay to the tooth’s structures but it will also damage the tooth’s surrounding tissues (gums) and supporting structures (jaw bone) which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Lastly, bad dental habits such as teeth grinding when angry and stressed may wear out and fracture a tooth in a way that it cannot be saved and must be extracted.
With the advancement in dental technology, there are many options in replacing missing teeth. Among these options, using dental implants prove to be more advantageous. They are more stable and resistant to decay. Since they function as a dental root, they help prevent bone loss which is caused by a missing tooth. After an implant is placed, a dental crown is used to cover and protect it.
In dealing with multiple teeth loss, usually a dentist would advise his/her patient to replace the teeth with the use of a fixed dental bridge. A traditional fixed dental bridge would make use of the remaining healthy adjacent teeth to serve as abutments. These teeth undergo grinding to fit the crowns present in the bridge. However, if you choose to have dental implants, you can save these remaining teeth from being manipulated. The implants will serve as the abutments in lieu of the adjacent teeth. Adjacent teeth used as abutments in a dental bridge are often at risk for tooth decay. Since dental implants are usually made from titanium alloy, the risk for decay under the bridge is not possible.
If you consider dental implants as the method of choice in managing multiple teeth loss, ask your Oakbrook dentist about it. He/she will offer you Oakbrook dental implants that will best serve your needs and budget.