How to restore your smile after tooth loss

Your smile is one of the first things that someone will notice about you.

Losing a tooth or teeth is not only painful but will also impact your self-confidence and self-esteem.

There are a number of ways that you can lose teeth, but thankfully there are equally a number of solutions that can help you restore your smile in no time.

How can I lose a tooth?

Sporting injuries

Regardless of whether or not you are participating in a contact sport, accidents can happen, and teeth can become dislodged, loose, or even fall out.

It is recommended that you wear a protective mouthguard when playing sport in order to protect your teeth from potential damage.

If your tooth becomes cracked or fractured as a result of injury, then it will need to be removed to prevent the onset of periodontal disease.

Accidents and traumas

Accidents of any kind can cause tooth loss – from car or motor vehicle accidents, to facial trauma caused by fights, falls and collisions.

Teeth can be knocked out through direct impact, or through an impact to the mouth or jaw area.

Trauma can lead to tooth loss in a variety of ways.

Although some teeth will be dislodged or fall out immediately or shortly after impact, in other cases, the effects of trauma will not present themselves until months or years after the incident.

For example, root fracture will not become painful until it becomes infected.

It is important to arrange a dental appointment following trauma, even if you are not experiencing loose teeth or pain, in order to treat any underlying damage quickly.

Gum Disease

The most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease. When the gums become infected, bone loss occurs, which weakens the teeth. As a result, they will need to be extracted, or in more severe cases, will fall out on their own.

There are a number of symptoms to help you spot periodontal disease early:

  • Swollen or red gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Constant bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Pus between teeth
  • Changes or difficulties with your bite

Be aware that you may have gum disease even if you are asymptomatic. Ensure that you visit your dental specialist regularly for check-ups.

Read more here about how to prevent the onset of periodontal disease.

Fast and easy solutions to missing teeth:

Luckily, there are a number of options that can help you restore your smile and a healthy mouth.

Dentures

Depending on how many of your teeth are missing, you can opt for partial or complete dentures.

Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth. Fitting snugly over your gums to restore biting and chewing functions, they help to develop oral health.

Benefits of dentures:

  • They are removable, offering freedom and flexibility
  • Light and natural-looking
  • Supports facial aesthetics
  • Cost-effective replacement for missing teeth
  • Aesthetic solution – restores your smile and confidence

Dental implants

Implants are a permanent and fixed solution to tooth loss. Unlike removable dentures, they are fixed directly into the jaw for a seamless and natural-smile.

There are a number of implant options:Your decision when opting for dental implants

  • Single Implants
  • Dental Bridges
  • All-on-4
  • All-on-6
  • Full mouth reconstruction (More)
  • Teeth in a day

Single implants are a perfect solution for a single missing tooth, and the multiple implant options are suitable for those with more than one missing tooth.

Learn more about the dental implant options available here.

Implants are a cost-effective way of restoring your smile as they are intended to last up to 25 years, and are completely natural-looking.

Whereas removable dentures can be uncomfortable, implants are fixed and painless.

They do not cause mouth irritation or wiggle about in the mouth when biting or chewing. You also do not have to take them out.

Other benefits of implants include:

  • Improved smile, appearance and self-confidence
  • Immediate results
  • Improved oral health
  • Restore mouth to its natural state
  • Enhance the quality of life
  • Easy care and maintenance. Learn more.

In order to both prevent losing teeth and to care for your mouth after treatment, ensure that you maintain a regular and thorough oral health routine.