Tooth loss is hard for anyone. It affects your self-esteem, to say the least. People have difficulty eating and speaking, and Dr. Michael Teitelbaum of Briarcliff Manor, NY, understands the ordeals and wants to provide his patients with the help they need at Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry.
Reasons for Tooth Loss
- Gum disease: Periodontal disease is one of the main causes of tooth loss among adults. The main culprit in gum disease is poor dental hygiene that allows bacterial infestation and inflammation in gums. As gum disease progresses, it destroys gum tissues and the jawbone, and eventually tooth loss.
- Cavities: Cavities are when bacteria eat at the teeth creating holes in teeth. If this decay is untreated, a cavity can destroy the tooth. If it's caught in time, you only need a superficial filling. If the pulp is destroyed, you may need a root canal. Sometimes decay is so bad and so extensive, you need to remove the whole tooth.
- Physical injury or trauma: Accidents happen. If you play sports, for example, you increase the risk of losing a tooth, so you should take precautions like wearing a mouth guard to avoid tooth loss. Other trauma could also result in tooth loss, like falling, using teeth as a tool to open caps or bags, or while biting into popcorn kernels.
- Other diseases and risk factors: Diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, smoking, chewing tobacco, and poor nutrition. You need to notify your Briarcliff Manor dentist if you have any diseases so he can better understand how to fix your tooth loss.
How to fix tooth loss?
There are several ways to fill that gap, like dentures and bridges, but the best option is a dental implant. Dental implants replace single gaps and multiple gaps, reinforce the jawbone, and has more than a 90% success rate. Dental implants are a smart and long-lasting solution.
Do you need a consultation?
Dr. Michael Teitelbaum of Briarcliff Manor, NY, can help his provide his patients at Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry. So just give him a call at (914) 941-2000 today!