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What Is Edentulism?

Posted on 10/24/2022 by Dr. Johnson
 What Is Edentulism?Endentualism is a term for tooth loss. Dentists use the term “edentulism” usually to describe someone who has lost all of their teeth. Partial edentulism describes people who have lost some of their teeth. If you have missing teeth, there are solutions for your edentulism.

How Does Edentulism Happen?

The most common causes of edentulism are tooth decay and gum disease. Bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Adults with advanced gum disease have an infection that causes their gum tissue to recede and eventually disappear. As the gum tissue recedes, tooth roots are exposed, and tooth loss happens. If you have gum disease that is advanced, it is important you go to the dentist every three to four months to have your gums deep cleaned to ensure your gum disease remains in remission.

Tooth decay, if treated early, does not cause tooth loss. People who visit the dentist twice a year to have their teeth checked are less likely to experience tooth loss due to advanced tooth decay. Because 20% of adults don't visit the dentist, they are more likely to experience advanced tooth decay and tooth loss.

Solutions for Edentulism

Edentulism doesn't mean you have to live the rest of your life without teeth. When you have edentulism, you may have problems eating, speaking, or even laughing due to embarrassment or difficulty.

People who have tooth loss can have restorative dental procedures to help them with their daily lives. You can have full or partial dentures made. Dentures allow you to eat and speak normally and allow you to smile for all of those family photos. If you have partial edentulism, you can opt for bridges or partial dentures. Adults with both full and partial edentulism can also opt for dental implants. Dental implants can mean single-tooth implants, multiple-tooth implants, and even full jaw implants. If you have tooth loss, a dental visit can give you options for a life full of smiles.

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