By age 44, statistics show that 7 out of 10 adults have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, infection or tooth decay. In addition, by age 74, 1 out of 4 adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. Twenty years ago, these patients would have had to get a fixed bridge to replace the lost teeth or removable dentures to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly and smile.
Today dental implants are one of the newer restorative options used to replace missing teeth or provide anchor points for dentures. They are often used instead of bridges since they can replace missing teeth without affecting neighboring natural teeth. Dental implants are simply artificial roots (usually made of titanium) that are placed by the Dentist or Periodontist where your natural roots would be in your upper or lower jaw. Once the implant is in place your dentist will place a natural looking tooth on the implant that will enhance and restore your smile!
When your treatment is complete your Dentist will provide care instructions. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in enhancing the life of your new implant(s). Dental implants are strong and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.