When was the last time you smiled organically without the hesitation of your self-esteem becoming an issue?
Do you have difficulty pronouncing all your words clearly?
Do you cut up your food smaller than you use to? Are you having a hard time chomping down on your food?
Time to dive into why this is happening and your 2 Dental life changing options!
Many people look at the loss of teeth from the aesthetics side of it, and they are worried more about not being able to smile openly and the fact that it dramatically affects a person’s self-esteem. Apart from the aesthetics, which is also very important, there are several reasons why lost teeth should get replaced. But first, let us see what causes the loss of teeth.
Reasons why people lose teeth
The most common cause is age. As people get older, the enamel becomes weaker and weaker. The enamel is what protects you from harsh temperatures. Once it begins to chip and crack you will start to feel that sharp pain when you drink cold water. Acids from your coffee, soft drinks and fruit drinks will erode your enamel over time. Another form of damage is grinding your teeth. The friction and stress from the grinding will erode the enamel and crack your teeth. The jawbone also loses its ability to maintain the strength of the teeth. This condition causes the teeth to get lost over time.
Other common causes of teeth loss include disease, tooth decay, and not taking proper care of the teeth. Others also suffer the loss of teeth because of injuries from accidents.
Vital Role of Every Player
The whole structure of your mouth and jaw rely on your teeth. As you start to lose teeth, the other ones begin to shift in different directions. The other teeth or “players” are trying to take on the roles that are missing, which is the very reason they start to shift. The bone that once supported your team player is now going to begin to deteriorate since it has no purpose. If you have missing teeth and gingivitis, you have created the perfect snowball effect to eventually losing all your teeth.
The teeth are the first stage in the digestion process, and it is therefore vital that you have all of them intact. Some of the reasons why you need to have all your teeth are;
The teeth are essential for chewing, tearing, grinding and biting food. Losing teeth makes it impossible for the teeth to perform all these functions effectively. Loss of teeth hence leads to a situation where a person has to carefully choose what to eat, leaving out some of the fundamental and nutritious foods.
The teeth play a significant role in the ability of a person to speak and communicate in a manner that is effective. The teeth play a significant role in pronunciation, offsetting certain words, and forming particular patterns of speech. When an individual can’t do these things it becomes very frustrating for the person.
Dental implants don’t need to be replaced or adjusted. There are many tooth replacement options available, but many people still favor dental implants. The main reason for this is because the replaced teeth which are both the crown and the root get embedded in the bone. With this kind of treatment, further loss of bones and teeth get significantly reduced.
The only disadvantage of tooth implants is the time it takes to heal which can go even up to three months after the procedure takes place. The positive thing is that the implants last for a lifetime.
Bridges are basically what their names imply but in teeth form. They are replacement teeth that are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the teeth being replaced. Bridges are made of various types of materials, but the common ones are the ceramic bridges.
The downside of bridges is that at some point in life they have to be replaced. However, it takes many years before the need for replacement may arise. The positive thing about them is that they help the healthy teeth to stay in place and not move into the gap area. They are also less painful than dental implants.
The most important thing, however, is regularly visiting the dentist to know the best way to take care of our teeth.