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What is edentulism?

Edentulism is one of the most common dental issues, plaguing millions of people worldwide. With a wide array of causes and treatment options, for people suffering from edentulism, there are several options on the table for those seeking to solve their teeth-related woes and return their smiles to their former glory.

But what exactly is edentulism? Why does it remain a problem for so many? And what exactly can be done about it?

At The Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry, our team is highly experienced in dealing with edentulism, along with a host of similar tooth-related issues.

So if you’re suffering with edentulism and would like to work on finding a solution, get in touch with the team today.

An overview of edentulism

Edentulism is the term used to describe someone who is missing one or many of their natural teeth. It does not matter how or why the teeth are no longer connected to their natural place in the gums – missing teeth of almost any variety can be classed as edentulism, with dental intervention needed to replace the lost tooth/teeth.

In explaining the condition, you may describe someone as being as being ‘edentulous’.

Edentulism

What are the causes of edentulism?

Edentulism can occur due to a number of reasons and risk factors, which most commonly include:

Gum disease (AKA periodontal disease)

If a person does not partake in proper dental hygiene and take their oral health seriously – brushing and flossing their teeth regularly – tooth decay (also known as dental caries) can easily take hold, leading to gum disease, or periodontal disease, which can severely affect tooth retention. 

Periodontal diseases slowly break down the effectiveness of the gums, resulting in partial tooth loss, bone loss, or worse. If left untreated, gum disease can become a danger to both your oral and general health and can seriously affect a person’s quality of life.

Accidents

Whether through a sports-related incident (many combat sports athletes or those involved in high-intensity sports often lose teeth) or through a simple stumble, catching your teeth on something with a high degree of impact can easily make them loose or result in them being knocked out entirely.

Being born without teeth

Anodontia – a condition in which people are born with complete tooth loss – and hypodontia – where people are born with some natural teeth missing – can both be classified as suffering from edentulism. When the person is old enough, steps can be taken to replace some or all of the missing teeth.

How to prevent edentulism

In the case of those who are born without teeth, this can not be avoided. The same could be said for those who lose teeth in unexpected accidents – none of us can predict the future, though being careful helps!

However, for those who do not practise good dental hygiene, replacing bad habits with good ones early on in the process (ideally in the early stages of gum disease or before it takes hold at all) can help prevent tooth loss and boost a person’s oral health immensely.

Brushing the teeth at least twice a day with an electric toothbrush and dentist-recommended toothpaste is a great place to start. But adding flossing and use of mouthwash into the mix is a fantastic way to remove those pesky bits of food from between and behind teeth that are so often missed, so they don’t develop into plaque.

Edentulism gap in teeth

What are the treatment options for edentulism?

Thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, there are now several options available to those seeking to replace lost teeth. These include:

  • Removable dentures – these are essentially fake teeth that can easily be placed in and taken out of the mouth at any time. They can either be for certain teeth, or complete dentures.
  • Dental implants – this is where a dental implant is fitted to the gum, before a false tooth is fixed into place, replacing the missing tooth.
  • Fixed bridge – this process involves fitting multiple fake teeth to replace several missing teeth, or even a full row –  “bridging” the gap between the remaining teeth.
  • All-on-4 dental implants – for patients dealing with significant tooth loss, the All-on-4 process involves the fitting of 4 implants on each gumline (upper and lower) to replace a full set of teeth.

Concerned about your oral health status? Speak with The Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry

If you’re dealing with one or multiple missing teeth and would like to finally turn your smile around, speak to the team at The Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry.

With years of experience in helping patients solve their dental worries – including edentulism and similar afflictions – our experts are the go-to professionals for treatments that will give you the smile you always wanted.

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