Once the average American adult has reached age 50, he or she has lost 12 permanent teeth to decay, injury, or gum disease. It is important that these missing teeth be replaced so that the bite will not be altered and the jawbone will not weaken. In order to address all these potential adverse consequences of tooth loss, it is important to restore full function to the mouth and jaws. To this end, a dental implant is the preferred option for replacing a single lost tooth. When screwed into place in the jaw, a titanium implant acts as a replacement for the tooth root to which a porcelain crown can subsequently be attached. Implants look and feel natural.
Implants eliminate the day-to-day frustrations and discomfort of ill-fitting dentures. They allow people to enjoy a healthy and varied diet without the restrictions some denture wearers face, and implants often bring a renewed sense of self-confidence. People with implants often say they feel better, look better, and live better. If you think implants may be for you, call us for a consultation. A visit to our office may be just what you need to enhance your quality of life. We create great smiles!
P.S. Missing teeth can compromise overall health by decreasing biting and chewing ability and limiting nutrient intake from food.