What causes tooth loss in adults?
Losing your baby teeth is normal, but when adults lose their teeth, it is often due to a dental health issue. However, missing one or several teeth is more common than you may think. In fact, almost 180 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Some of the most common causes include:
- Periodontal disease (gum disease). Bacteria damage your gum tissue and jaw bone, causing your teeth to loosen and fall out.
- Serious tooth decay. When left untreated, cavities can destroy a tooth from within.
- Accidents or trauma caused by car accidents, contact sports, etc.
Do I need to replace a missing tooth?
In most cases, replacing a missing tooth is necessary to avoid other problems, like:
- Incapacity to chew/speak normally
- A higher chance of losing more teeth
- Shifting of nearby teeth
- Weakening of the rest of the teeth, which makes them prone to chips and cracks
- Gum disease
- Reduced confidence and self-esteem
How can I replace missing teeth?
At Chugach Dental, we offer a wide range of restorative and surgical dental treatments to help you restore your smile.
- Dental implants: Artificial tooth roots that are placed in your jawbone
- Bone grafts: They create a solid, long-lasting foundation for an implant
- Crowns: Restore the form, function, and look of a tooth
- Dentures: Removable replacements for lost teeth
- Bridges: Unlike implants, bridges attach artificial teeth to neighboring teeth
Is it possible to replace a single tooth?
Yes. It doesn’t matter if you are missing one or several teeth. At Chugach Dental, Dr. Adam Jensen will work with you to decide the most appropriate solution for your case.
Do I need insurance to replace a missing tooth?
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