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Did you know that in 2017, Health Canada reported that 6.4% of adult Canadians have no natural teeth? That’s over 2 million people!
Needless to say, tooth loss isn’t an uncommon occurrence. So, if you’re one of these people, there’s no reason to feel alone. And best of all … your smile can be restored to its former glory!
In this article, we’ll tell you how Dr. Sharon Barr and her team can complete that beautiful smile.
What causes missing teeth?
Genetics — For some people, an adult tooth doesn’t form during childhood.
Cavities — A cavity can go deep enough that the tooth’s structure is compromised and it has to be removed to prevent pain and further oral damage.
Injury — Whether you’re an athlete or participate in other physical activities, there’s a chance you’ll lose a tooth to injury.
Take action! Make sure to follow these steps if you should ever lose a tooth:
What causes missing teeth?
Only handle the tooth from the top – it’s crown. NEVER grab it by the roots.
If the tooth is dirty, rinse with milk or saline or contact lens solution. If those aren’t available, rinse with cold water
Only if possible … place the tooth back in the socket. If you’re unable to do so, put it in milk or saline solution (the same stuff contacts are stored in) until you access emergency medical care.
As a last resort … put the tooth back in your mouth, between your other teeth and cheek. Don’t let it dry out.
Seek treatment from Dr. Sharon as soon as possible! The most successful treatment (50% success rate) is when a tooth is replaced in the first hour.
Call us at 905-697-0707. We’ll assess the damage and present a treatment plan that works best for you. It’s important that you are able to avoid discomfort or difficulty chewing, talking, or smiling!
A quick rundown of the three tooth replacement options:
Implant-Supported Crown — The most common option when one tooth is lost. The implant acts as an artificial root, anchoring the replacement tooth in place.
Bridge — A bridge introduces a replacement tooth into the missing tooth’s place. It is made of ceramic or composite material and uses teeth on either side for support. It also makes the tooth good as new – it functions and looks just like your original tooth!
Dentures — When a patient’s condition doesn’t allow for other options, removable partial dentures are the way to go. Dentures are replacement teeth that are mounted on a base and wire frame which is removable for cleaning.
Don’t let missing teeth hold you back! Get in touch us – your friends at Longworth Dental. We’d love to help you get your beautiful and fully functioning smile back!