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The Space Between: Common Causes of Tooth Loss

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No matter the reason that you lose a tooth, any instance of tooth loss needs to be taken seriously. When you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, it can make biting and chewing more difficult. It can even make speaking problematic, resulting in speech impediments and other issues. Of course there are also the aesthetic problems linked to tooth loss, which can leave you feeling self-conscious about laughing and smiling, even around people you've known for years.

Dr. Andrew Glenn understands all of these concerns, and he has helped patients in and around the greater Lincoln restore the health and appearance of their smiles. Following tooth loss, restorative dentistry options such as dental implants can be very helpful. Before looking at treatments for missing teeth, however, let's consider some common causes of tooth loss.

Losing Teeth Due to Tooth Decay and Tooth Injury

Serious tooth decay and injury to a tooth can result in eventual tooth loss. In these cases, the poor dental hygiene or a severe chip or crack can lead to the tooth falling out.

Losing Teeth Due to Gum Disease

Gum disease is the bacterial infection of the gum tissue. In its early stages, gum disease can lead to swollen gums, bleeding gums, and bad breath. In later stages, gum disease can lead to loose teeth, tooth misalignment, and eventual loss of teeth.

Losing Teeth Due to Root Canal Infection

A root canal infection occurs when the inner soft tissue of a tooth is infected by oral bacteria. This can lead to severe pain and discomfort. When the infected tooth cannot be treated, sometimes the only option left is to extract it.

Losing Teeth Due to Sports Injuries

People in contact sports or combat sports need to be careful. Serious blows to the head can result in the loss of a tooth. This is why it's so important to wear proper protective equipment and mouth guards.

Losing Teeth Due to Auto Accidents

When involved in an auto accident, you can suffer a number of serious injuries. In addition to broken bones and head trauma, dental injuries such as tooth loss are not uncommon.

Losing Teeth Due to Slips and Falls

When you suffer a serious slip or fall, there's a chance that you may lose a tooth or damage a tooth so severely that it will need to be extracted.

Losing Teeth Due to Biting Hard Items

One potential causes of tooth injury is biting a hard or inedible item. This might mean nibbling on your fingernails or accidentally biting into an unpopped popcorn kernel.

Losing Teeth Due to Physical Altercations

If you are involved in a fight or is someone attack you, a blow to the face or head can result in serious tooth injury and the potential loss of a tooth.

Treating Tooth Loss

There are many options out there for treating tooth loss. Common treatments include:

  • Dental bridges
  • Partial dentures
  • Full dentures

Some patients may be good candidates for dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots surgically embedded into the jawbone and gum tissue. The ideal treatment to address your tooth loss can be discussed in greater detail during a consultation at our practice.

Contact Dr. Andrew Glenn

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and would like more information about your treatment options, we encourage you to contact our oral surgery and advanced dental care center today. Dr. Andrew Glenn and the team at his practice will help restore the appearance and health of your smile.

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My anxiety has been through the roof the past 3 weeks but I would have never imagined it could be so easy. Thank you Dr Glenn! He has made the whole experience amazing! If you are looking for a knowledgable, caring and talented surgeon, look no further! Dr. Andrew Glenn is awesome! I have never been a fan of the dentist's office!!!
Wanda Moses
June 2016

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