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There are a number of reasons why patients have missing teeth. Gum disease, injury, and tooth decay are the most common cause of missing teeth with almost 70 percent of adults missing a tooth by age 44. And more than 25 percent of adults age 74 and older have lost all of their teeth.
Dr. Thomas can help you replace your missing teeth with dental implants – a treatment more patients are choosing over traditional dentures and fixed bridges.
Traditional treatments still work to replace missing teeth but they do cause some issues:
- Lost Bone. Dentures are worn on the gumline, which taxes the jaw bone and makes facial muscles weak. Once that happens, dentures start to slide around.
- Lost tooth strength. Dental bridges rely on natural supporting teeth (abutments) to work but those teeth are also grinded down to make the bridge fit, which cause the natural teeth to become weaker and prone to damage.
- Noise. When dentures slip, they usually make clicking noises when eating and talking, which can be frustrating and embarrassing for many people
Dr. Thomas removes all of those concerns by replacing one or more missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants also appeal to patients who have had other dental work, including bridges and dentures that need to be replaced or reinforced.
To address missing teeth, consider dental implants
- Dental implants perform just like ordinary teeth.
- Titanium-made dental implants are built to resist decay and are friendly to the body, which means they fuse into your existing bone (osseointegration) with no complications.
- Dental implants last for decades.
- You chew, smile and speak easily with dental implants – no slips, no clicks.
- Dental implants mimic real teeth and roots by stimulating the bone to keep it healthy and active. Traditional dentures and bridges do the opposite because they rest on the gum line and can even cause bone loss.
If you have missing teeth, Dr. Thomas can help you determine which dental implant procedure will work best. Also, if you are dealing with any additional issues, he may suggest more options.
For example, if you have any existing bone loss, you might need to have a bone graft to make the dental implants work. Dental implants need bone to function. You will also want to tell Dr. Thomas about medications or medical problems, although if you’re cleared to have ordinary dental procedures, you will likely be approved for dental implants too. If you have gum disease, you might need to get some treatment first. Also, be sure to tell Dr. Thomas if you smoke, because it could have some impact on dental implants.