Implants: filling the gap
The average adult has 32 permanent teeth, and all play an important role in daily activities like eating, talking and smiling. Without one of those pearly whites, biting into a delicious apple or speaking clearly may be a bit of a challenge.
Did you know that approximately 69 percent of Americans between 35 and 44 years of age have at least once missing tooth?1
A missing tooth can commonly be caused by periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay or a mouth injury. It can even be the result of a congenital absence where permanent teeth never grow in to replace baby teeth.2 But, you don’t have to live without a tooth the rest of your life. Dental implants offer a tooth replacement option that’s functional, natural looking and comfortable.
A dental implant is a “root” device, usually made of titanium, that is surgically inserted into the jaw. During a two- to six-month period, the implant fuses to the jawbone and serves as a permanent anchor, keeping an artificial tooth in place. Individuals must have good overall health and healthy gums to undergo a dental implant surgery.3
Dental implants are one solution for permanent tooth loss, but following good oral health habits is the most important thing you can do for your oral and overall health.
This information is available to download as an oral health flier.
1 The Dental Implant Experts, web.
2 Academy of Osseointegration, web.
3 American Academy of Periodontology, web.