Did you know that a healthy mouth is home to 32 teeth, and the average number of teeth in adults between the ages of 20-64 is only 24.92? In adults over the age of 65, this number drops drastically to 18.90. These numbers highlight the fact that millions of Americans can benefit from a treatment option that replaces missing teeth and keeps the bone structure intact, such as dental implants in Sugar Land, TX.
Fun Numbers Involving Tooth Loss
According to recent statistics, the following numbers sum up tooth loss in adults.
· 27.27% of adults over the age of 65 are missing all their permanent teeth
· 3.75% of adults 20-64 are missing all their natural teeth
· 60% of adults ages 35-44 are missing one permanent tooth, sometimes more
Millions of adults deal with permanent tooth loss that can eventually shift the jaw and change how the smile looks. Fortunately, dental implants are a viable option for tooth replacement for almost every patient.
Reasons to Replace Teeth
If you are missing a tooth, you may think of it as more of a nuisance and eyesore than anything else, but there is more to replacing missing teeth than aesthetics or convenience. Missing teeth may often lead to bone resorption or bone loss. Over time, the area where the tooth is missing may appear to sink in to the face, changing the way the smile looks. Lost teeth may also change your bite and make it more difficult to eat over time.
Candidates for Implants
Good candidates for dental implants are those who do not smoke and are gum disease-free. Most are missing one or more teeth due to previous gum disease or some type of injury to the mouth. Good candidates are also in overall good health.
Give Us a Call
Dental implants are more natural looking than other treatment options, and increase confidence in day to day interactions. They are a permanent solution to lost teeth without any worry about removing dentures. Call us today at 346-229-2115 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas to learn more.
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