Why Teeth Fall Out

Approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. The numbers vary per age group, but according to the CDC, Americans aged 65 or older who report a lower income, have less than a high school diploma, and smoke cigarettes are 3 times more likely to be missing all their teeth than people without those qualities. While it’s easy to see why having a mouth void of teeth is unhealthy, missing just one tooth impacts you too. Here are some common reasons why you might be missing one or more teeth.

  • Gum disease: Gum disease is when oral bacteria infects your gum tissues. The bacteria is acidic and eats away at your teeth and eventually starts to affect your gums and bone too. People with advanced gum disease commonly experience loose or missing teeth due to the bacteria degrading their jawbone. Gum disease will eventually enter your bloodstream and can cause very serious health implications, such as heart disease and stroke.
  • Tooth damage: Do you have a cracked or chipped tooth? Damage to your teeth makes it easier for bacteria to enter and cause tooth decay. Without treatment, your tooth will fall out. Tooth wear from grinding can also cause missing teeth.
  • Trauma: Accidents are another common cause of tooth loss. If you experienced trauma to your face, mouth, or jaw, you could lose teeth.
  • Illness: Certain illnesses and medications can cause missing teeth.

Risk Factors that Increase Your Chances of Missing Teeth

In many cases, you can do this to prevent missing teeth. Here are some risk factors associated with missing teeth.

  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Using tobacco products
  • Untreated cavities
  • Lack of dental care
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Excess alcohol consumption

How Teeth Benefit Your Overall Health

Teeth and Nutrition

Your teeth are essential for great nutrition and therefore, simply having teeth helps to keep you healthy. When you are missing teeth, you’ll have a hard time chewing and swallowing. This makes it hard to eat healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. If you’re missing many teeth, you’ll likely have to stick to processed foods and won’t get the vitamins you need to live a healthy life.

Speaking of an unhealthy diet, it may not have occurred to you, but having teeth can help you lose weight. If you only eat processed foods high in carbohydrates, your diet is missing out on essential nutrients. Replacing your missing teeth can help you eat healthier so you can lose weight.

Missing Teeth and Your Other Teeth

Did you know that missing teeth can impact the teeth you have left? Your teeth work best and are strongest when they’re all lined up, without crookedness and holes. The absence of other teeth put the edges of your teeth at risk for chipping and cracking, which can lead to bacteria entering your teeth.

Teeth and Mental Health

Most people feel a sense of loss when they are missing teeth. We feel our smiles aren’t as attractive and are embarrassed to show them. This can have large implications on your life as you won’t spend as much time with other people.

In addition, smiling can trick your brain into thinking you are happy. People who smile are literally happier. If you are afraid to smile because of your missing teeth, you could develop feelings of sadness.

Teeth and Your Personal, Professional, and Social Life

Your personal and professional relationships can benefit from having all your teeth! Just like we said when we talked about mental health, having a smile you aren’t embarrassed to show will make you more likely to spend time with other people. Whether that’s family, friends, or neighbors, your social life will thank you for having all your teeth.

Your professional life can benefit from teeth too. You’ll feel more confident to ask for that raise you deserve or go after your dream job or promotion.

Teeth Replacement Options

  • All-on-4 dental implants: Replaces all the teeth in an arch on only 4 dental implants.
  • Dental implants: Replaces your entire tooth, including the root. A dental implant of some sort is usually considered the best tooth replacement option.
  • Dental bridge: A dental bridge replaces a few missing teeth using your healthy teeth as anchors.
  • Dental implant-supported bridge: This is like a dental bridge, but it’s supported by dental implants instead of healthy teeth.
  • Fountain of Youth Dentures: These cosmetic dentures can replace your entire mouth of teeth and give you the freedom to smile, laugh, and eat with confidence.

The Best Tooth Replacement Option for You

Situation 1: You are missing all of your teeth or an entire arch of teeth 

If you are missing all your teeth or all the teeth in an arch, you can choose between all-on-4 dental implants and Fountain of Youth Dentures. These teeth replacement options will give you a brand-new smile you can be proud to show off.

Our recommendation: If you can, we recommend most people get all-on-4 dental implants. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bril to see if you’re a candidate for all-on-4 dental implants.

Situation 2: You want to replace your old dentures

If you want to replace your old dentures, we are excited to say you have two options. All-on-4 dental implants and Fountain of Youth Dentures. Both options will give you a beautiful, natural-looking smile.

Our recommendation: This depends on the person. In some cases, Fountain of Youth dentures is the best option for you. In other cases, we’ll recommend all-on-4 dental implants. Call Brilliant Dentistry to set up a consultation with Dr. Bril at (952) 944-2052.

Situation 3: You are missing one tooth

If you are missing one tooth, you can replace it with a dental implant or a dental bridge. Both will replace your missing tooth so you can have the full function of your teeth again.

Our recommendation: We recommend a dental implant if you are missing one tooth. A dental bridge is a great tool, but it’s better if you are missing more than one tooth. A bridge requires crowns on existing teeth adjacent to the missing one, which damages the integrity of your natural teeth that would need the crowns. If you’re missing just one tooth, go with a dental implant.

Situation 4: You are missing a few teeth in close proximity

If you are missing a few teeth, you can go with a dental bridge or a dental implant-supported bridge. Both options will replace the look and function of your smile.

Our recommendation: We will always recommend the best treatment option available to you. For many, this is a dental implant-supported bridge. With dental implants in place to hold your bridge, your smile will be more secure, and you won’t have any dietary restrictions. However, that option isn’t available to everyone, so in some cases, we may recommend a traditional dental bridge.

If you want specific recommendations for your best smile and tooth function, call (952) 944-2052 to make an appointment online with Dr. Bril. He will always give you the best recommendation and provide you with a world-class smile.

Replace Your Missing Teeth in Minneapolis

Call (952) 944-2052 or make an appointment online with Dr. Kevin Bril. You’ll be glad you chose the best cosmetic and restorative dentist in the Minneapolis area.