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Which dental condition causes all upper teeth to be extracted?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Periodontal disease: Periodontal disease, where you loose the bone support around your teeth, would cause you to loose your teeth.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Endodontics 45 years experience
Advanced periodontal: Advanced periodontal disease is the most common reason for multiple tooth removal.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Total neglect: Advanced and untreatable periodontal disease as well as rampant caries and un-restorable teeth are the two major dental conditions that require full mouth extractions.
Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry 21 years experience
Advanced Disease: There are many possible reasons but ruling out trauma, then it could be advanced periodontal disease as well as from drugs. If someone is taking illegal drugs such as meth, then the teeth could go. Neglecting oral hygiene is also another reason.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Multiple reasons: Most commonly in children, untreated cavities that have caused abscesses. Most commonly in adults, periodontal (gum/bone) disease (infection). Can also be from fractured teeth, or teeth that have to be removed to facilitate orthodontic treatment. The most common cause of tooth loss is neglect. If you're concerned, please give your dentist a call.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Dr. Daniel Quon commented
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 43 years experience
Agree with most of Dr. Malerman's answers. Undergoing extraction of all the teeth in the maxilla (upper jaw) for orthodontic treatment would not be a very common treatment plan unless they have an unfavorable prognosis in a patient undergoing orthodontic treatment in the lower jaw.
Jun 26, 2013
Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
Invisalign, Sleep Apnea Appliances, Lumineers 37 years experience
Cancer: Gum disease, cavities, some genetic problems and cancer in the mouth- removing teeth prior to radiation and surgery is also possible.
Dr. Charles Lockhart
Dentistry 10 years experience
Depends: Severe bone loss from periodontitis or bone disease or severe trauma with fractured bone and roots.
Dr. William Dabney
42 years experience
Loss of teeth: Usually you lose teeth most commonly from progressive gum disease.
Dr. Kevin Owoc
Dentistry - Prosthodontics 20 years experience
Decay: Tooth decay is a primary reason for having to have a tooth removed. Often, unfortunately, if neglect is present, this may require all teeth to need removed. There are, however, medical conditions which affect salivary flow which can make one more prone to decay. Additionally, radiation to the oral and maxillofacial region may also cause the need to have teeth removed.
Dr. Maryam Chiani
Dentistry 30 years experience
Cavity/gum disease: Extensive decay and or gum disease can lead to bone loss, mobility, abscess, ... And cause loss of teeth.

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