Think Tooth Loss Can’t Affect You? Think Again!
- Posted on: Oct 19 2012
When we hear the term “tooth loss,” it’s easy to assume we’re only talking about patients in their 70s and up. Very rarely do we associate the condition with those in their 50s, 40s or even 30s. Understand, however, that this is actually a misconception. In reality, tooth loss is something that folks need to be thinking about at any age. Ready to set the record straight? Read on.
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons – a leading authority on tooth loss and dental implants – highlighted this topic in a recent article. According to the AAOMS, “Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.” Clearly a troubling statistic, why are missing teeth really such a problem?
Here are a few reasons:
- Speaking. Besides allowing you to properly chew food, your teeth also play an important role in speech and pronunciation.
- Premature aging. Missing teeth can make a person look much older than they really are. For those in their 40s and 50s – who may already be seeing the signs of aging – this can be particularly troubling.
- Bone loss. When a lost tooth is not replaced, patients can experience significant loss of facial and jaw bone. This can affect a patient’s appearance and contribute to “sunken cheeks.”
- Shifting teeth. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth can move and shift out of place. This can mean problems chewing, speaking and could ultimately require orthodontic treatment.
- Embarrassment. Let’s face it – missing teeth can also take a toll on a patient’s self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. Particularly important for working individuals, missing teeth can make a person look unhealthy and unprofessional.
Explore Dental Implants Today!
Thankfully, patients today don’t have to settle for missing teeth! Modern dentistry affords us an effective, permanent, natural-looking solution: dental implants. Not sure what these cutting-edge restorations are really all about? Here’s a brief introduction.
A dental implant procedure is accomplished in essentially two steps – the implant placement and the implant restoration. Replacing a tooth’s root – the part that lies under the gum line – implants are placed directly in the jaw bone. Resembling a small screw, the implant fuses with your natural bone in the months that follow. This creates a rock-solid foundation for a natural-looking replacement tooth.
An implant restoration is essentially a dental crown that covers the implant. Custom-made and expertly color-matched, this restoration blends in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. What’s more, since implants ensure such a strong foundation, you will be able to chew, speak and brush with ease and confidence. That’s certainly something to smile about!
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Ready to find out what dental implant surgery can do for you? Take the first step – contact us today and schedule your consultation. We have nine locations and twelve affiliate locations throughout the New York metropolitan area including the Bronx, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Midtown Manhattan, Yonkers, Farmingville, Hauppauge, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma. We look forward to meeting you soon.
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