While millions of people still have no health care, nearly 120 million people don’t have proper dental care. This gap in care means that there is a lack of preventative care available to lots of people. Problems left untreated can pile up and require a full mouth restoration.
Even if you take great care of your teeth, without the intervention of a dental specialist on a regular basis, you could end up with serious issues. People who’ve been in any kind of accident don’t realize how teeth are sometimes damaged in these incidents. Additionally, even people who take care of their teeth can have damage pile up if they don’t also eat a healthy balanced diet.
If you know that you need dental work done but don’t know how severe your issues are, you might need a mouth restoration. Here are 6 signs you should consider one.
1. You Were In Poor Health
If you are in the middle of getting into better shape or if you have recently gotten a lot healthier, you should think about a full mouth restoration. The toll that unhealthy food and bad eating habits can have on your mouth health shouldn’t be underestimated.
Even brushing your teeth takes down a layer of enamel every time. If you’re not eating enough healthy foods and cutting back on sugar and processed foods, you could be setting yourself up for dental issues.
Underneath superficially good-looking teeth could be decay, fracturing, or a series of cavities waiting to be found. Part of good health included good oral health. If you’ve recently overcome serious obesity or have changed your diet in extreme ways, make sure your mouth is in as good of shape as your body is.
2. Signs of Gum Disease
Gum disease is found in a high percentage of US adults but can be prevented with good health and good habits. Gum disease starts via bacteria in between your teeth. People over 65 have a higher susceptibility because of weakened immune systems and acceleration caused by years of poor care.
Over time, it causes teeth to loosen, allowing them to move out of alignment and out of place. As this happens, teeth can become crooked or crowded. Gum disease also leads to gum recession that exposes the roots of your teeth.
Once roots are exposed, any kind of decay hits teeth much more than it would otherwise.
Loose teeth can be vulnerable to trauma. If they become the site of serious gum disease, they may need to be removed in order to treat the disease.
Acidic foods like wine and soda might taste good going down but can do serious damage to your teeth. Tooth erosion over time can lead to a serious issue that requires a comprehensive mouth restoration procedure.
If acid is applied to teeth on a regular basis or for an extended period of time, tooth erosion can occur. Enamel is made of strong stuff but when acid batters it, enamel can become soft. This can create erosion or even more serious cracks.
People with acid reflux or eating disorders that are linked to purging can see really problematic acid damage on their teeth. If illness or purging persists and stomach acid is vomited or even ends up in the mouth often enough, that acid can deteriorate teeth faster than just about anything else.
If your illness or treatment has a serious side effect of regurgitating stomach acid, talk to your dentist about this openly and honestly. They can often recommend a treatment to counteract issues.
Tooth erosion doesn’t just hit one tooth at a time. It can reshape an entire mouth or deform your bite entirely. A chronic disease will cause a chain reaction of weakening teeth, cracking, multiple damaged teeth, and breakage. Only a skilled restoration specialist will be able to help you if this has been an issue for you in the past.
4. Accident or Trauma
If you end up in a vehicle, bicycle, or even a slip and fall incident, you could end up losing one or more teeth. Damage is often not isolated to those broken or knocked out teeth. Several teeth may suffer trauma at once.
Serious violence or traumatic incidents can lead to tooth trauma while going unnoticed because of other more common or cosmetic problems. Over time, the bite can change, teeth can break, and full mouth reconstruction can be required.
Some dentists will focus on teeth after trauma, which is important. Make sure you don’t also overlook damage done to the jaw.
5. A Poor Bite
A bad bite could just be a problem that has followed you since birth. Your bite needs to be harmonious and even or else your teeth can become uneven and your jaw muscles can struggle. You could end up grinding your teeth or exacerbating the issue as teeth hit unevenly.
With a full mouth restoration, your bite it rebuilt to hold up your jaw. When it’s in its proper position, you can bite more easily, feel less pressure on your jaw, and preserve your teeth.
A problem bite could cause as much damage over time that one traumatic incident could inflict in seconds. Talk to a dentist or orthodontist if you feel like your bite is uneven or if you suffer jaw soreness. You could be damaging your teeth without even realizing it.
Mouth Restoration Inspires Health
When one part of your body is damaged or suffers from an issue, it can be hard to ever feel 100%. This can make you feel a little more relaxed about mistreating your body or engaging in unhealthy habits. If your mouth health is the last piece of the puzzle, fix it so that you can feel healthy in every way.
If you think you might have dental issues but don’t know what to do, contact us to discuss any problems you’re experiencing.