Almost 70% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth. At age 74 more than a quarter of the people have lost ALL of their teeth. Reasons for the loss vary – tooth decay, accidents, gum disease, excessive wear (bruxism or tooth grinding), or periodontal disease. Whatever the reason for the loss it is important to replace missing teeth.
When a tooth is removed it affects more than the appearance of your smile. Other teeth will begin to shift in your mouth making brushing and flossing more difficult. The jaw bone that once anchored the tooth is no longer needed in that area and begins to recede. Chewing food may become more difficult causing nutrition problems, especially for older patients.
There are several ways to replace a lost tooth or teeth. Dental Bridges, Removable Appliances and Dental Implants are all common choices. Your dentist will recommend the best procedure based upon your oral health and the number or placement of the missing teeth. For most people, the strongest, most durable replacement option is the dental implant.
Dental implants are small titanium screws that act as an artificial tooth root. The implant is placed in your jaw bone and the bone and surrounding tissue grow around the implant and hold it in place. A special dental crown is attached to the implant for a natural looking and feeling tooth replacement. Implants are used to replace just one missing tooth or can be used to replace many.
Contact our Gahanna, Ohio office at 614-454-3488 for more information about tooth replacement using dental implants, bridges or removable appliances.