Many people will experience losing a tooth, and having multiple teeth missing is not uncommon. It can be a very painful and inconvenient experience, but fortunately there are many ways to restore the mouth to its original function.
The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology estimates that one in four people between the ages of 20 and 44 will lose an adult tooth. A tooth can become loose or fall out for a number of reasons, including oral health issues, accidents, or gum disease.
We will talk about the reasons why people lose teeth, the various treatment options available for missing teeth, and what to expect during dental surgery.
Reasons we lose teeth are: cracked teeth from stress, untreated gum disease, large cavities, infected teeth, or extreme tooth wear from stress.
One of the most common ways people lose teeth are from cracked teeth from stress. This happens when tooth enamel is damaged, usually by chewing pressures. Braces, fillings, broken dentures, and other things can all lead to stress fractures in teeth. Untreated gum disease can also lead to tooth loss due to inflammation that results in bone loss around the jawbone.