3rd Leading Cause of Tooth Loss
Jerry, 70 years old, has a long front temporary bridge (Fig.1 *). It appears that he does not have any bottom front ones; in fact the latter are short and worn (Fig.2). This type of bite is called deep bite. As a matter of fact, he has lost 7 of his top front teeth, which are replaced by five of dental implants (Fig.3). The treatment is not only expensive, but also difficult. In all, cavity and gum disease are the number 1 and 2 leading causes of tooth loss, while crooked teeth are the number 3. Malpositioned teeth are difficult to clean and easy to get cavity and gum disease. Crooked teeth can be treated at any age as a preventive measure.
Child Dental Care
Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 05/01/2019, last revision 05/01/2019