Top 5 reasons for tooth loss and what you can do about it

Losing permanent teeth is a huge fear for most people and can cause anxiety around dental visits. However, even in advanced age it is possible to maintain strong healthy teeth with the help of your leading Sydney prosthodontist, Dr Ironside. Ironside Advanced Dental offers advanced care, repair and replacement for missing teeth.

Dr Ironside has detailed his top reasons for tooth loss and advice on how to safeguard a healthy smile in the future.

1.     Bad oral hygiene

Bad oral hygiene is the leading cause of dental emergencies, tooth loss and dental problems. Although it is the easiest and most cost-effective method to maintain oral health, many people neglect their teeth at home or do not follow a proper oral health routine.

A basic oral hygiene routine includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing twice a day and rinsing your mouth with a good antibacterial mouth was. Bi-annual visits to Ironside Advanced Dentistry are also part of a basic oral hygiene routine.

If you are concerned about your oral hygiene routine and doubt its efficiency, make a general dentists appointment and talk to our professionals about your concerns.

2.     Untreated cavities

Cavities caused by bacteria and decay are structural damage to the tooth. This dental concern can significantly damage the internal tooth, causing the necessity for a tooth extraction. Cavities in one tooth can also create a fruitful environment for bacteria to breed endangering your other teeth too.

If you suspect you have a cavity, it is always best to take immediate action to prevent further decay or the spread of decay to your other teeth. The most common treatment for cavities is fillings or a dental crown.

3.     Gum disease

Build-up of plaque on the tooth can affect the health of your gums. Early gum disease or gingivitis can be reversed with dental intervention before it affects the strength of the tooth’s attachment to the gum.

As gum disease advances into periodontitis and forms periodontal pockets, it increases your risk of tooth loss. Bacteria and inflammation in the gums can cause redness, swelling and even bleeding of the gums. This jeopardises the fibres and bone which connect to the tooth. This can result in creating spaces between the tooth and gum which again puts you at high risk of tooth loss.

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As the fear of pain keep many people from receiving the treatment they need, the team at Ironside Advanced Dentistry strive to offer virtually pain-free dental interventions. Call us and find out more about our virtually pain free dentistry.

4.     Irregular dental appointments

Missing a dentist’s appointment is missing an opportunity to find dental problems before they become serious. Your teeth work every day and are at constant risk of decay and injury. Seeing the a dental professional every six months is similar to taking your teeth in for servicing and could help you prevent serious cavities and stop dental damage in its track.

5.     Tooth grinding (bruxism)

You may not even notice you’re grinding your teeth. Many people grind their teeth in their sleep or as a result of stress.

Tooth grinding can compromise the enamel of your teeth, exposing the dentine causing tooth aches, jaw pain and making your teeth more susceptible to decay.

Dr Ironside will notice signs of teeth grinding at a regular dental exam and may recommend treatment such as a mouth guard. Based on the severity of grinding, he may suggest temporomandibular disorders or TMD treatment if the cause of your teeth grinding is connected to the positioning of your jaw.

For more information on TMD and how we can help you reposition your jaw for optimal dental and general health watch Dr Ironside explain the symptoms and treatment.

Treatment For Tooth Loss Sydney

For more information surrounding tooth loss and treatment options, or to make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

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