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What happens when you loose a tooth?

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You will find answers to the following questions in this article:

  • What is the best option for tooth loss?
  • What do you do if you lose a permanent tooth?
  • How serious is losing a tooth?
  • What happens if you lose an adult tooth?

What happens when you loose a tooth?

When a tooth cannot be restored with a filling and when you loose a tooth, it usually means that it has extensive decay or other damage that cannot be fixed by a filling alone. Also there are some conditions that where teeth cannot be restored and require extraction. These are known as non-restorable teeth.

The non-restorable teeth conditions are:

Teeth that are severely damaged or decayed: Teeth that are severely damaged or decayed may be untreatable if the tooth structure is compromised beyond repair. Extraction may be necessary in such cases.

Advanced periodontitis: Once gum disease reaches an advanced stage, it can cause significant damage to the tooth’s supporting structures, including the bone. The tooth may become too loose and painful to save in such cases.

Root fracture: If the root of a tooth is fractured, the tooth may not be saved. Extraction may be the only option in some cases.

Teeth that are severely misaligned or impacted: Teeth that are severely misaligned or impacted may be untreatable with traditional orthodontic treatments. In such cases, extraction may be considered necessary to alleviate pain and avoid further complications. These complications may not be even complications but desi-e a better-looking smile.

Severe dental trauma: Teeth that have been subjected to severe trauma, such as a blow to the face, maybe irreversibly damaged.

This may result in a number of issues, such as:

Pain and Sensitivity: A tooth with severe decay or destruction may acquire a sensitivity to heat or cold or experience ongoing, excruciating pain. This is due to the possibility that the tooth’s nerve could become exposed or irritated, which would be uncomfortable.

Enhanced Infection Risk: Bacteria can enter a damaged or decayed tooth and result in an abscess or other dental illnesses, making the tooth more vulnerable to infection. The only choice in this situation is extraction.

It may be challenging to eat and speak normally if a tooth that cannot be repaired is too weak to withstand the stresses of chewing. This could cause an unwelcome vertical crack. If the crack is vertical, the gums may be affected, which will make chewing painful. The broken portion of the tooth is typically removed so that a crown can be created. However, if the tooth has already undergone a root canal procedure, it is more fragile and the crack may be more noticeable. Unfortunately, tooth extraction is then required.

Tooth LossIn some instances, untreated decay or injury to a tooth may penetrate the enamel and dentin, ultimately resulting in tooth loss. This is a serious situation if you think of the body as a whole and as harmonious functioning systems like the respiratory system, nervous system or digestive system, teeth are the first step of the digestive system. Tooth loss results in:

  1. Difficulty chewing: Depending on which tooth you lose, you may have trouble biting and chewing certain foods.
  2. Shifting of teeth: When there’s a gap in your teeth, the adjacent teeth may shift towards the gap, which can cause misalignment of your bite and lead to other dental issues.
  3. Bone loss: Teeth roots stimulate the jawbone, which helps to keep it compact and strong. When you lose a tooth, this stimulation stops, and over time the bone can start to shrink and resorb. This is quite an important thing to consider. Generally, bone recession starts immediately after a tooth loss, and the bone heals in five-six months depending on the person, after this 6 month period as there will be no root in the jaw bone there will be no stimulation. There are differences between the upper jaw and the lower jaw but restoring that toothless area becomes harder for the patient and the dentist. The treatment may take longer, the costs may be higher, and the time spent on the dentist’s chair may be uncomfortable. (Think of it as a plastered arm, muscle atrophy starts and after the plaster removal the arm has been thinned.)
  4. Speech difficulties: Depending on which tooth you lose, it can affect the way you speak, causing lisping or other speech difficulties.
  5. Self-esteem: Losing a tooth will make an impact on your self-esteem and confidence, especially if it’s a front tooth that is visible when you smile.

Esthetic zone can cover the related treatment when you loose a tooth.

A tooth loss in the esthetic zone, or the teeth that are seen when you smile, can significantly affect how you look and feel about yourself. But, there are a variety of techniques to get your grin back, such as:

Dental implants are the most robust and realistic-looking method for replacing a missing tooth from an aesthetic standpoint. During surgeries, a titanium post is inserted into the jawbone to act as an anchorage for a replacement tooth (crown). A seamless integration with your current smile is achieved because the crown is created to match the size, shape, and colour of your natural teeth. Please be aware that this process will take three to five months.

Bridges: A fixed dental bridge attaches to adjacent teeth to replace a missing tooth. Bridges can be a good option to restore the aesthetics and functionality of your smile, even if they are not as long-lasting as dental implants.

Partial Dentures: A partial denture may be an option if you are missing numerous teeth in the esthetic zone. This detachable item is made up of an artificial tooth that is fastened to a base that matches your teeth with metal clasps. Partial dentures can be a reasonably priced option for repairing your smile, even if they are not as stable as dental implants or bridges.

Orthodontic Treatments: In some cases, orthodontic treatment (such as clear aligners or as braces ) may be used to close the gap caused by a missing tooth. This option is typically reserved for patients with mild to moderate spacing issues and may require additional treatment (such as a bridge or dental implant) to complete the restoration.

As a result, the most typical outcome of a tooth that can no longer be filled or salvaged is tooth loss. Even yet, there are numerous approaches to tackle the issue with current technology. The most crucial thing is, as with any medical problem, that the issue be resolved before it worsens and leads to higher expenses or more time spent in the dentist’s office.

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    As Istanbul Dental Clinics team, we always encourage you to visit your dentist regularly. In order to maintain your oral health, care about your dentals.

    If you have some consideration, questions or in need of consultation, our professionals are ready to help.

    Trust the EDAD esthetic dentist. 

    The EDAD is a professional association of esthetic dentists dedicated to, among other things, “improving the health of the public by promoting quality aesthetic care, the importance of overall oral healthcare, and advocating for the public interest.” Your health and well-being are extremely important.

    Remember that orthodontic treatment is not a product or device – orthodontic treatment is a professional, medical service. When your care is personally supervised by an orthodontist who is a member of the Turkish Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, you are assured that your orthodontist (and/or dentist) spent years in a post-doctoral residency program focused on providing orthodontic treatment to patients.

    Before making any decision about aesthetic dental treatment, consider doing some research and having an in-person consultation with a member of the Turkish Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.


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