Studies show that adults in Australia have an average of 4.5 missing teeth, and around 60% of people aged 75 and over suffer from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the main cause of missing teeth, and it occurs as a result of poor oral hygiene and not attending dental checkups. Periodontal disease can be reversed if you maintain excellent dental hygiene practices and visit the dentist regularly. If you avoid the dentist then it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis can affect the supporting structures of your teeth, and eventually, your teeth will become wobbly and fall out.
There are other causes of tooth loss as well, such as tooth decay, which is a major issue in Australia. Around 1 in 3 adults over the age of 16 are suffering from tooth decay; this is dangerously high, and if left untreated, tooth decay can also result in tooth loss. Either you will have to undergo a tooth extraction because the pain is so severe, or the tooth will become damaged, die and fall out on its own.
Other causes of tooth loss include teeth grinding. Teeth grinding is also known as bruxism. Grinding and clenching your teeth places pressure on your teeth and the tiny ligaments around the tooth roots. This pressure can result in soreness and pain. You are more prone to damage from wear and tear, and you may be likely to lose your teeth if you do not speak to your dentist about it.
Pregnant women may experience dental health complications either as a result of acid attack on the teeth from morning sickness, changes in diet, different hygiene habits or even hormonal changes. The gums become sensitive and more likely to bleed, and this can cause your teeth to become loose during pregnancy. This is even more so in high-risk pregnancies, so you must speak to your dentist if you notice your teeth are wobbly when you are pregnant.
Thanks to advances in dental technology, there are many different methods of replacing missing teeth. If you have experienced tooth loss as a result of poor dental hygiene, bruxism or changes in your body, such as during pregnancy, then you need to speak to your dentist and find out about dental implants Melbourne. Dental implants can be used whether your teeth have fallen out of their own accord or you have undergone tooth extraction. They are currently the gold standard in tooth replacement. They are small titanium screws that can be inserted directly into your jaw and have been designed to replace the roots of missing teeth. They are very strong and can hold a tooth replacement in place for the rest of your life. The replacement tooth, whether it is a crown or a set of dentures, may need replacing after five or six years; however, the implant should stay in place permanently. Speak to your dentist today to find out more.
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