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Fight Adult Tooth Loss With Implant Retained Teeth

The need for permanent forms of tooth replacement has grown considerably in recent years. While many adults lose their first tooth before the age of 30, globally about 30% of people aged 65-74 have no remaining natural teeth. Gum  and bone disease is the leading factor that contributes to tooth loss in adults. Prevalence in Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010 estimates that 47.2% of American adults have mild, moderate, or severe periodontitis, which is a serious gum-bone infection that affects the tissues that surround and support your teeth. In adults age 65 and older, that number rises significantly to 70.1%. While more adults continue to deal with tooth loss in North America, innovations in modern dentistry are helping make removable dentures a thing of the past. Removable dentures can reduce overall functionality and be embarrassing to remove. They have also been found to put additional pressure on the gums and oral membranes, transferring biting force from the bone structure to the surface of the bone, which ultimately helps to accelerate bone loss. Not only do implant retained teeth look and feel like natural teeth, they fuse to the bone, helping to add support and stability to your jaw. An implant supported denture can be used to replace all of a person’s teeth on as little as four dental implants. These implants serve as anchors to support your new teeth, while allowing the nerves, muscles, and joints in your jaw to function normally. 

 


What Happens When You Lose A Tooth?

 

 

Losing teeth in your adult years can have an immediate impact on your everyday life. Your ability to eat, speak, smile will be affected, which can hurt your overall self-esteem. While the most obvious effects will be comfort and aesthetics, missing teeth can affect the health of the surrounding gum tissue and jawbone. When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation in that area causes the alveolar bone to lose its dimension and density. As the jawbone begins to deteriorate, the surrounding gum tissue will also gradually decrease, which can affect a person’s ability to chew and speak.

 


Permanent Tooth Replacement

 

Dental implants serve as anchors for your teeth, replacing the root of a natural tooth. It is a small, screw-shaped post that is inserted into the jawbone to hold your teeth in place and promote a healthy functioning jaw. Made of titanium, dental implants fuse to the jawbone, allowing it to maintain its dimension and density. Once inserted into the jaw, replacement teeth can be attached to them. These teeth look and feel like normal teeth, helping to restore the comfort and biting ability that people have come to expect from natural teeth.

 
Like natural teeth, implant retained teeth can be kept clean with a toothbrush and floss. Your dentist will show you proper cleaning procedures for your implants and regular follow-up appointments will ensure that your bite quality and smile are not compromised by any loose implants. To find out if you’re eligible to replace the gap in your smile with implant retained teeth, contact your dentist or local oral care professional today.