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Loss of Tooth and Common Causes
Humans are inherently social, and our teeth are often one of the first things people notice about us. This is why tooth loss (or edentulism) can have significant implications on our quality of life. Not only does it affect how we look and speak, it also impacts our ability to chew and digest food properly. In some cases, tooth loss could also lead to loss of bone and gum tissue. Overall, it could have have serious social, psychological and emotional consequences.
Although tooth loss is typically associated with the elderly, it could also affect children and adults if they do not practice proper oral hygiene. In the elderly population, some of the risk factors are plaque accumulation and hardening, gum recession, older fillings and dry mouth. In children, however, proper oral hygiene from an early age could help save the teeth, as tooth loss are often due to dental caries (commonly known as decay). Similarly for adults, gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis) and dental caries are the leading causes of tooth loss. Periodontal disease is caused by chronic bacterial infection which affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. As the disease destroys gum tissue and bone, teeth loosen and may require extraction.
Preventing Tooth Loss
Research indicates that tooth loss caused by gum disease is commonly associated with risk indicators that include age, gender (more common with males), smoking, inadequate personal oral hygiene and professional dental care, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Regular visits can help to ensure early detection of oral diseases in order to prevent tooth loss. Your dentist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that emphasizes prevention, including patient education about edentulism causes, consequences and treatments. Your dentist can also give you advice on good preventive oral health practices (e.g., daily oral health care), as well as preventative and therapeutic treatment. In cases where tooth loss is unavoidable, there are several options for restoring your teeth and your smile, including dentures, dental bridges and dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Having dental implants is one way to treat edentulism, by replacing the loss tooth with a false teeth attached to the bone. The dental implant is the attachment used to support the false teeth, acting as an artificial root for the tooth. It is permanent and stable, and also looks, feels and functions like natural teeth. In some cases, dental implants could also be used with a denture for better stabilisation.
Placing an implant is often less complicated than an extraction, and the surgery is usually done under local anaesthetic. With the anaesthetic you will not feel any pain during the treatment but, just like with an extraction, you may feel some discomfort for a short period of time afterwards. Depending on the condition of your jaw bone and gums, your dentist may advise some time between the fixing of the implant and the attachment of a permanent, false tooth (two to six months). If your condition permits, an implant can be placed immediately following tooth extraction. This would ensure less movement of your remaining teeth, allowing you to retain your natural smile as much as possible.
How Long Can My Implants Last?
If the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, and you look after your implants well, you can expect them to last for many years. To ensure that your implant is long lasting and successful, work with your dentist to understand the aftercare required. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, your dental team may show you how to clean certain areas that are difficult to reach. Be sure to ask questions if you are not clear on how to do this. Your dentist may also advise you to have more regular cleaning if required. Dental implant is a common treatment for tooth loss in Singapore, and is a cost effective option in the long run.
Can Implants Always be Used to Replace Missing Teeth?
Your dentist will conduct a number of tests to determine if dental implant is the right option for you. This includes finding out if the amount of bone is sufficient. If there is not enough bone or the bone remaining is not healthy enough, bone grafting in to the area may be required before the implant can be placed.
One of your first questions about dental implants may be - how much does it cost to get a dental implant in Singapore? This is a question that can only be answered by first making it more specific to your situation, and therefore, initially more complicated. In getting the answer, you will learn more about your actual needs, and be able to make a more accurate assessment of what the true costs of dental implants will be.
Enquire about Tooth Implant Costs and Procedures in Singapore
The key to finding the right treatment and dentist for that treatment is to be open, not to be shy when asking questions and weighing the pros and cons of the options presented to you. As mentioned above, one of the most common questions when it comes to dental implants in Singapore, is cost. At Elements Dental, we truly believe in building trust with you through education and understanding your needs. Therefore, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your clinical, emotional, personal and financial needs.
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