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