Silver Spring, MD Dentist
Susan Pearson, DDS
1131 University Blvd. West, Ste 103
Silver Spring, MD 20902
(301) 649-2203
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By Susan Pearson, D.D.S
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Loss  

Information on missing teeth and your options

Causes of Missing Teeth

To better understand how to treat missing teeth/tooth, you must first understand the reason for dental loss first. There are several reasons people may lose teeth. Some of them include:

  • Tooth decay and gum disease
  • Injuries caused by playing sports or any other accident
  • Genetic condition where people are born without certain teeth

Treatment Options

You must replace missing teeth to restore functions like chewing of food, jaw support and the stability of remaining teeth.

  • Dentures: Dentures are oral appliances, usually made of plastic resin, used by individuals who have lost some or all their natural teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury.
     
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants consist of a titanium post inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth. Dental implants create stability and strengthens the jawbone when the post osseointegrates (fuses) with the bone.

Keeping Teeth Clean

The best preventative measure is caring for your teeth. You need to brush and floss on a daily basis to remove bacteria and plaque. This eliminates tartar buildup and prevents cavity formation. Make sure you brush twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss once before going to bed.

You should also stay away from sugary foods and beverages like fruit juice and candy because they help fester cavity-producing bacteria. Opt for healthy foods, fruits and vegetables, to avoid bacterial growth. Another interesting fact about eating fruits like apples is that they actually scrape off plaque from teeth surfaces to help keep teeth clean.

Need a consultation?

Whether you choose dental implants or dentures, you need to speak with Dr. Susan Pearson of Silver Spring, MD, at (301) 649-2203 to figure out what is the best course of action.

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