Losing baby teeth is a rite of passage for the young, but when tooth loss occurs in adults, the dental problem will need to be treated by a professional dentist. When kids loose teeth starting at age six, the process is completely normal and everyone can relax knowing that permanent tooth growth is not far behind. However, in the case of adult tooth-loss, the options for filling the void are dentures, dental bridges or dental implants and knowing the differences amongst the three will allow individuals in need to make an educated choice regarding the dental care selection.
There are a myriad of reasons why an adult may loose a tooth including trauma, poor nutrition, dental neglect, gum disease or bruxism. Leaving the space vacant is not really an option as in adults, the condition can lead to other dental problems such as crooked teeth, bone loss, tooth decay, difficulty finding employment, problems communicating and diminished self esteem. Only a dentist can properly diagnose the cause of the issue and offer solutions for filling the space left behind.