Tooth loss: Causes and Treatments

All-on-4: an easy solution to tooth loss

Why is good oral hygiene important?

A healthy mouth means a healthy you.

Good oral hygiene consists of brushing your teeth with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, flossing regularly, and maintaining a balanced diet.

Your mouth can reveal a lot about you – a single small swab of saliva can show a doctor or dentist exactly what else is going on inside your body.

Not only can good oral health prevent bad breath, but can reduce the risk of decay and disease, which will mean that as you get older, you will be able to preserve your natural teeth.

However, if you do not practice regular or good oral hygiene, then this will lead to a number of more severe health and dental problems.

Risks of bad oral hygiene

The risks of neglecting your oral hygiene not only lead to dental and oral problems, but larger and more serious medical issues:

Oral hygiene risks:

  • Bad breath
  • Ulcers or sores in the mouth
  • Cavities in the teeth
  • Bleeding, sore, or swollen gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pain or toothaches
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth loss 
  • Gum disease

Gum disease can also lead to more severe health risks:

How can I maintain good oral hygiene?

It is vital to ensure that you maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine to avoid dental and health risks.

Here are some ways you can maintain a healthy mouth:

  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss as regularly as you brush
  • Use mouthwash
  • Drink water
  • Avoid sugary foods or drinks
  • Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • See your dentist at least twice a year

Losing your teeth can have a significant impact on your self-esteem and self-confidence. You might be reluctant to smile, or shy away from social events.

However, there is a simple solution to missing teeth, so that you can restore your smile and regain your confidence.

Easy and effective solutions to tooth loss:

Implants

Implants are fixed dentures. A rod, usually made of titanium, is placed into the jaw to support a prosthetic denture made of porcelain.

They are durable and long-term, and their natural look and feel will restore your smile seamlessly.

The procedure is minimally invasive, and a local anaesthetic is used so that the surgery is painless and straightforward.

All-on-4 implants are different from single fixed implants, as they are intended to replace multiple teeth or a whole tooth arch.

These kinds of implants are placed by fixing a bridge to two implants, rather than drilling individual implants into the mouth.

This makes it a cost-effective solution to a gappy smile. Read more about the cost of implants here.

Benefits of all-on-4 implants

  • Restored smile immediately 
  • The non-invasive procedure does not require bone grafting
  • Permanent and fixed solution
  • Easy care and maintenance
  • Restored self-confidence
  • No restrictions on what you can eat or drink
  • Eliminate health risks associated with missing teeth
  • Reduces jaw bone loss
  • Safe procedure and successful results
  • Cost-effective

Removable dentures are an alternative solution. However, they can move around in your mouth, which in turn can lead to irritation or a sore mouth.

Removable dentures also require a lot of maintenance and care.

You have to take them out every evening, clean them, and ensure they are placed correctly in your mouth.

On the other hand, implants and all-on-4 are fixed and permanent.

Not only does this require minimal maintenance, but there is never any issues with chewing or biting as they completely imitate the function and look of natural teeth. Learn more.