Implant dentistry is concerned with the replacement of missing teeth. By using artificial roots (implants) anchored to the jawbone, lost or missing teeth can be fully restored. Crowns or bridges attached to dental implants function, look and feel very much like natural teeth. Patients say the biggest advantage of dental implants is a restored self-esteem. For them, it is possible to eat, talk, smile and laugh again in a natural, uninhibited way. Although implant dentistry has become very popular in recent years, competence in the surgical placement of dental implants requires advanced postgraduate training. As a prosthodontist (a specialist in tooth replacement) Dr. Howard M. Steinberg has successfully placed hundreds of dental implants at his practice in Tucson, AZ.
Consequences of Missing Teeth
Missing some or all of your teeth can have a devastating impact on quality of life. The consequences extend beyond just the appearance of your smile. Missing teeth make it difficult to eat properly, which can result in a poor diet. When several teeth are missing, speech becomes difficult, smiling is avoided and self-esteem goes down. This can have a negative impact on your social and professional life. When teeth are missing, the gum tissues and underlying bone are no longer stimulated well enough, so jawbone starts shrinking and gums recede. This can lead to further tooth loss and serious health problems.
Dental Implant Solutions
Dental Implant Success Rates
Dental implants are one of the most successful treatment options available to replace lost or missing teeth. According to recent research conducted by the Academy of Osseointegration (AO), single tooth implant success rate is 98% or more. Implant supported bridges and full-arch prosthetics have a 95% success rate over a 10 year period.
U.S. Tooth Loss Statistics
According to the American Dental Association, the U.S. Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control, 69% of U.S. adults aged 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth. More than 20 million people in the U.S. have lost all their natural teeth, while an estimated 30 million adults have lost all their teeth in one or both arches.
69% of adults aged 35-44 are missing some teeth
1% of young adults aged 20-39 are missing all teeth
15% of adults aged 40-59 are missing all teeth
25% of adults aged 60 and over are missing all teeth
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Although conventional dentures are still used for tooth loss, their success depends largely on the amount of residual bone and soft tissue. Dentures often slip or make clicking noises when you talk or eat. This may make you feel insecure or embarrassed when speaking in social situations or while dining out. The loose attachment of a conventional denture can also reduce chewing capacity, which can lead to an unbalanced diet and poor health. Bone loss often progresses with conventional dentures, and facial appeearance will become collapsed over time. When the palate is covered by an upper denture, a reduction in the sense of taste can also be expected. Dental implants provide a much better, permanent solution for those missing one or more teeth.
Are dental implants right for you?
If you’ve considered replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, now is the time to act. Contact Dr. Howard M. Steinberg to find out if dental implants are right for you. You’ll never regret the decision to achieve enhanced dental function, better oral health and a beautiful new smile. Schedule a Free, no obligation consultation today!