Also known as Edentulism, there are several potential contributors to ‘toothlessness’ (losing all of your teeth):
There’s not much that we can do about this, but you can make sure that when you eventually reach your advanced years, your oral health is as good as it can be. Focus on avoiding tooth damaging foods, establish a good teeth cleaning routine, and make sure you have a dental health check on a regular basis.
If you have been a smoker for any length of time, you are at a higher risk of tooth loss than those who haven’t. It is best to stop smoking when you are younger as less damage will hopefully have occurred but it is never too late to stop and there is now more support and nicotine substitutes available than ever before.
Some people are just more naturally susceptible to tooth loss because of their hereditary genes. There is nothing that you can do about this, but looking after your teeth at home and through professional dental care will help to delay any tooth loss.
Accidents and teeth grinding
There are many things that can damage your teeth, from a poor diet to an unexpected sporting accident. People who suffer from stress may also grind their teeth at night, causing them to weaken and making them more prone to damage, with eventual tooth loss a possibility.
When prevention fails
Preventive measures never really fail but this does not mean that you won’t eventually lose your teeth. However, it is almost certain that without these preventive actions it would have occurred much sooner. If you do lose all of your natural teeth, there are many different ways to replace missing teeth to help restore your confidence and the appearance of your smile.
Some options for you to consider:
For most people, the first consideration where edentulism is the problem is to consider a full set of removable dentures (for both arches). Modern dentures offer a surgery-free way of replacing missing teeth and are more refined and natural looking than the type of dentures previous generations would have worn.
Removable dentures don’t offer full functionality for many people though and eating some foods can prove to be very difficult. For a cost-effective way of replacing many missing teeth, dentures can be held securely in place with implants, providing a great improvement from traditional removable dentures.
Representing a huge transformation of lives, this is for people without any natural teeth who don’t want to wear a dentures and who would prefer a permanent teeth replacement solution. Artificial teeth are fitted on top of titanium or zirconia implants that are fixed directly into your jawbone.
Contact us to find out about your teeth replacement options.