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Dental implants are usually the favored method for replacing missing teeth.  Dentures and bridges, either partial or fixed, are not quite as popular as they once were.  One reason is because the life of dentures and bridges is not quite as permanent as implants are.  Another reason for people making the switch to implants is that they are a lot less maintenance.  Dentures fit directly over gums, and bridges require the help of neighboring teeth to hold them in place.  Unlike the semi-permanence of a bridge, and the removability of dentures, dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw bone.  The result is permanent, strong, and natural looking teeth.

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Implants after Tooth Loss

Gum disease, tooth decay, and injury are the main culprits for tooth loss.  In fact, a surprising 69% of adults between the ages of 35-44 have lost at least one tooth.  More surprising still is that 26% of adults have lost an entire mouthful of permanent te
eth by the time they turn 74.  

Many improvements have been made in the dental industry which provides for alternative methods of tooth replacement. Rather than relying on the merits of dentures or fixed bridges, implants can provide a more permanent solution.  There are some complications when it comes to using the traditional denture or bridge method for tooth replacement.  

Bone loss is a common occurrence in individuals who wear removable dentures.  Not only does it create changes in facial structure, it also causes dentures to fit improperly.  Ill-fitting dentures are responsible for making embarrassing clicking noises when a person chews or talks; and they can become uncomfortable to wear.  A bridge, on the other hand, uses neighboring teeth to hold them in place.  The installation of a bridge requires the anchoring teeth, called abutments, to be filed down and can cause otherwise healthy teeth to become subject to decay.  Although there are some complications to these treatments, they are generally harmless and certainly possible ways to replace missing teeth.    

When it comes to tooth replacement, research proves that proper implant dentistry can give patients long-term results that are more favorable than alternative treatment methods.  The method of implanting teeth involves surgically placing the titanium implant into bone.  Over time bone tissue grows around the titanium and fuses together, a natural process called osseointegration.  Implants that are properly fused to bone do not slip around like dentures, and they look remarkably similar to natural teeth.  Implants can also prevent jaw bone loss because they are similar in structure to natural teeth and roots.  

While dental implant improvements have been made over the last two decades, the technology is not new.  Implant dentistry patients report ideal effectiveness in implants that are as old as 10-20 years.  If cared for in the right way, dental implants can be a permanent solution for individuals who have missing teeth.

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