Dr. Vincent Prestipino of Prestipino Dental Group in Bethesda, MD is a proud member of the American College of Prosthodontics. Every year, the American College of Prosthodontics sponsors National Prosthodontics Awareness Week to provide patients with information about proper oral health, including oral cancer detection, how to best care for missing teeth, and the benefits associated with seeing a Prosthodontist.
“Some 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth,” according to the American College of Prosthodontists. As such, increased awareness about proper oral health is critical. From proper denture care techniques to the importance of an annual oral cancer screening, National Prosthodontics Awareness Week focuses on providing information to patients about the causes of tooth loss.
The American Academy of Osseointegration explains that tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons:
- Congenital absence—this occurs when the primary (baby) tooth is present, but there is no successor (permanent) tooth to replace it. The baby tooth will remain in place and will function until it fails due to the loss of root support or other dental disease. At this point, it will need to be removed.
- Trauma—trauma can cause tooth loss in a variety of ways. Teeth can be “knocked out” from trauma, such as a child falling off a bicycle and onto the face. Frequently, trauma can affect the teeth in ways that do not manifest until months or years later. Root fracture may not be apparent until some time later when infection develops. Sometimes, after teeth have been traumatized, they can be treated and appear to be doing well until many years later when root resorption becomes apparent.
- Dental Diseases—gum (periodontal) disease is the most common reason for tooth loss. Periodontal disease is essentially a localized infection in the gums and supporting structures of the teeth leading to loss of bone. Dental caries (decay) can also progress to the extent that teeth are beyond the ability to be restored in function. Decay can also lead to significant infection in the bone around the ends of the root(s) leading to necessary tooth extraction to prevent further infectious complications.In order to prevent dental diseases, visit the dentist twice a year and make sure to brush your teeth properly twice a day to thoroughly remove plaque from the surface before it hardens into calculus.
With a true passion for what he does, Dr. Prestipino and the doctors at PDG strive to care for every patient as though they were family. The doctors at PDG are a multi-specialty group who love to serve you in any area of prosthetic, implant or restorative dentistry in Bethesda, MD. Please, feel free to give us a call at 301.652.2300 to schedule an appointment!