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Dental Implants: A Solution To Tooth Loss

Surprisingly, tooth loss is more prevalent in our society than you may think. Consider the following startling facts:

    It is estimated that more than 35 million people in America don’t have any teeth.
    175 million people nationwide are missing at least one tooth.
    69% of American citizens between the ages of 35-44 are missing at least one tooth.
    25% of people in the United States over the age of 74 are missing all of their natural teeth.

These statistics suggest the importance of understanding the solutions available to treat tooth loss, and why they’re so important to health and happiness.

Why Use Dental Implants?

It is imperative that gaps caused by missing teeth be filled and dental implants are the most stable, secure, and permanent way to do so. When a tooth falls out, the surrounding teeth begin to shift into the empty space. This can potentially ruin the alignment and orientation of the remaining teeth. Worse yet, the bone structure under the missing tooth begins to deteriorate, leading to a loosening and sagging of the facial structure. While dentures can help to alleviate these issues to some extent, they are a hassle to constantly remove and reattach. Additionally, dentures can easily fail, restricting the kinds of foods you can eat and lowering your confidence. Dental implants, however, offer a stable and permanent solution, with no hassle. 

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants can anchor single replacement teeth, bridges that link separated replacement teeth, or bridges that hold a full set of replacement teeth. Dental implants are drilled directly into the jawbone and fuse with the bone over time, providing a strong, supporting base. These anchors serve dual purposes. They can hold false teeth permanently and securely in place, as well as maintain the shape and integrity or the jawbone and facial structure. Dental implants feel and operate just like natural teeth, so they require the same care as natural teeth. Without continued oral hygiene, the mouth is vulnerable to plaque and gum disease which can threaten implants in the same manner normal teeth would be affected.

Do you have damaged or missing teeth? Take advantage of dental implants today to restore your smile and your confidence. Your new replacement teeth will be as secure and effective as your natural teeth and will also maintain the integrity and shape of your jaw and facial bones. Contact Oak Ridge Dental Arts today and let our dental experts evaluate your needs and choose a dental implant treatment that’s right for you!