Restoring a Missing Tooth, Common Dental Implant Case

Reasons to Restore a Missing Tooth

missing teeth, dental implants woodland hillsPatients have a variety of reasons to restore a missing tooth; a gap between teeth can be fixed with dental implant procedures.

Aesthetics

A missing tooth, especially in the front, is noticeable and may cause a person to be self conscious about their smile.

 

Speech

Missing teeth affects a person’s pronunciation of certain words. Loss of a tooth can cause speech to sound slurred or like a lisp. Gaps caused by missing teeth also changes the normal airflow that affects voice projection and quality of speech.

 

Chewing

Affects on chewing can become a greater cause for concern, especially when missing a molar. Missing a tooth can alter the force of bite for the remaining teeth. Typically a bite will change to balance the lost tooth, a growth of risk can occur resulting with discomfort and pressure on the jaw joints.

 

Tooth Decay

Furthermore, neglecting the replacement of a missing tooth can shift the surrounding teeth. The problem is that large holes can cause tartar and plaque to accumulate in places that are hard to reach. Periodontal disease and tooth decay have been causes of this problem.

 

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Do You Have Bleeding Gums?

Do you have bleeding gums?

It’s never a great sign when blood is present. For our teeth and gums, this is no different. If you notice blood after performing your daily oral care duties such as brushing and flossing, then you may have a deeper issue. We’ll help you discern the different possibilities that bleeding gums may be indicative of.

Bleeding Gums Causes

Gum Disease

Now, before you panic, gum disease is a lot more common than you think. It also happens to be a disease that can be easily addressed with the right treatment and follow up at home.

Gingivitis is a form of gum disease. It is actually the earliest form of gum disease and the main symptom is of course… bleeding gums. During this period, the damage can be easily reversed. Provided you follow up with your doctor and stay on top of your oral hygiene habits.

Too Rough

A common occurrence is improper brushing and flossing technique; specifically, brushing or flossing too hard. Our gums are sensitive. When we apply too much pressure to them with floss or a toothbrush, they will respond by producing blood. This doesn’t mean you have gum disease, it just means you need to be more gentle.

Pro tip: Replace your toothbrush often to avoid hard bristles, which would also cause your gums to bleed.

Medication

Sometimes, bleeding gums has nothing to do with gum disease or oral care technique, but rather medications that you may be taking. Blood thinner medication almost always results in bleeding gums. Consult with your doctor if it starts to become worrisome.

Pregnancy

For pregnant mothers, bleeding gums may be a symptom due to the hormonal changes that take place during this time. This is called “pregnancy gingivitis”. The good news is that once pregnancy is over, the problem should correct itself.

 

Addressing the Cause

Once you’ve determined the cause, the treatment becomes clear. We wouldn’t classify bleeding gums as an alarming issue, but it most certainly is an issue that should be addressed sooner than later. It’s equally as important to visit your dentist twice a year for best hygiene results.