Dental Implant Treatment and Your Smile
- Posted on: Nov 30 2017
It wasn’t very long ago that tooth loss was a prevalent problem with no viable solution. Just a little over a century ago, approximately half of the adults in this country had gaps in their smile where teeth had been lost. We don’t think much about the prospect of a toothless smile in this day and age, which is fortunate. However, it is still important to know what options are available, and how to make the most of them, should the unexpected happen.
Tooth Loss Statistics
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recently released statistics that reveal details about tooth loss that may surprise you:
- Tooth loss is not unheard of for younger adults. In the 35 to 44-year-old range, approximately 70% of people have experienced tooth loss.
- Complete tooth loss occurs in 25% of adults by the age of 74.
When we compare these statistics with those that indicate a longer life expectancy for most adults, we realize the need to consider how well we are taking care of our teeth. The good news is that our teeth are made to last a lifetime. For the most part, this takes a commitment to daily care and healthy eating habits. The other bit of good news is that tooth loss doesn’t have to mean losing confidence in your smile. With dental implants, it is possible to replicate the structure of natural teeth to such a degree that you can smile, eat, and speak as you always have.
Ways to Maximize Dental Implant Treatment
One of the reasons that dental implant treatment is popular is because this technique offers a very high success rate (over 95%). To ensure this is achievable, patients are encouraged . . .
- Not to wait. Losing a tooth can be just the first domino to fall. In a relatively short time after tooth loss, the bone around the empty socket deteriorates substantially. The sooner an implant is placed, the more bone can be preserved.
- Not to rush. This sounds contradictory to the first suggestion, doesn’t it? While prompt care is ideal, there is also need to find a qualified implant dentist to perform restorative care. Dr. Sindledecker is a member of the International Team of Implantology, and a graduate of the Pankey Institute. Her advanced training in dental implants translates to optimal patient outcomes.
- Not to skimp on oral care. Dental implants are no different than natural teeth regarding longevity. What holds natural teeth in place is healthy bone and ligament structure. If oral care declines, there is a chance that gum disease could degrade the support around implants, leading to further problems.
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