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What Causes the Loss of All Upper or Lower Teeth?

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Tooth loss in adults is extraordinarily common. The CDC reports that one-quarter of adults have 8 or fewer natural teeth, while roughly 1 in 6 adults have lost all of their natural teeth. Whether it’s one tooth or all of your teeth, the avulsion is typically the result of three different common factors: periodontal disease, facial trauma, or genetics. 

When you lose all of your upper or lower teeth, you can face an onslaught of issues, ranging from the inability to properly chew and digest food to the potential self-consciousness associated with the perception of poor dental health. The good news is that with advances in dental technology, the replacement of your natural tooth aesthetic and function is easier than ever. If you are currently looking to replace missing teeth, the best course of remedy to take is to contact a knowledgeable and compassionate oral and maxillofacial surgeon. 

3 Common Causes of Tooth Loss

When it comes to tooth loss, the exact cause depends on the unique individual. Commonly, there are three typical causes of tooth loss, including the following: 

Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as gingivitis or periodontitis, is a direct result of poor brushing and flossing habits. When the bacteria on your teeth, also known as plaque, is allowed to build up and go undistributed by the active motions of brushing and flossing, it will harden into tartar. This tartar will begin to gather in the pockets of your gum, resulting in cavities, gum recession, tooth rot, and weakened bones. Without a sturdy foundation to root in, your tooth can become loose and more susceptible to falling out. 

If your gum disease goes untreated by a dental professional, it can result in the loss of all upper or lower teeth. If caught on time, your oral surgeon can help strengthen your teeth again through the use of a periodontal splint while they work on treating your affected gums and jawbone. 

Facial Trauma

Facial trauma from an accident or habitual teeth grinding can also result in the avulsion or loss of your teeth. Facial trauma from an accident can leave victims without multiple teeth. Depending on the status of the lost teeth, your oral surgeon may be able to quickly repair and restore the natural tooth. 

If not, they will focus on repairing the injured areas and then plan an appropriate replacement, such as a dental implant. The All-on-4 procedure is also an effective and commonly recommended procedure for those who have lost multiple teeth to an accident. 

Congenital Disease

Occasionally, lost teeth can be due to genetics. For example, those born with a cleft palate are more likely to experience lost teeth. In other cases, you may have been born with hypodontia or anodontia, which are when secondary or adult teeth do not grow in the first place. 

Address Your Missing Teeth With the Help of a Qualified Oral Surgeon Today

If you have lost all of your upper or lower teeth, the team of experienced oral surgeons at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group is here to help. We pride ourselves on providing a state-of-the-art facility along with cost-effective and comprehensive oral and maxillofacial services. As our team has been trained in the art of minimally invasive surgical techniques, we guarantee a painless and easy process. We’ll even help you speak with your insurance to ensure you are getting the most of your reimbursement as possible. 

For a smile you are proud of, contact us today by calling (908) 663-5309 or using our online contact form.