We start adulthood with 32 teeth but we don’t always end up keeping all of them. Tooth loss is not as rare as you’d think. In fact, adults aged 20 to 64 have on average less than 25 of their natural teeth due to tooth loss. Here are some common reasons that our patients require dental implants to replace missing teeth:
- Trauma: Americans are as active as ever, and participation in action sports has sent more people to the dentist with teeth that are fractured or completely knocked out. Biting down on hard foods can also lead to damaging a tooth that can lead to it having to be extracted.
- Congenital Absence: Due to no fault of their own, some people are just aren’t born with a full set of teeth. Depending on the location of the absent teeth, this can cause loss of jawbone as well as alignment issues that could require correction through orthodontic treatment.
- Disease: In cases of moderate to severe periodontitis, the bacterial infection responsible can also lead to the decay of the tooth and roots. As the infection attacks the underlying alveolar bone, it can also cause it to disappear and leave nothing for the teeth to anchor to.
Although the loss of teeth can seem devastating, it doesn’t mean that you’ll never have a gorgeous smile again. Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants has several options available to restore your smile or to make it better than it was before. Even if you were told in the past that significant bone loss kept you from being a candidate for implants, you can still get a gorgeous new smile with the All-On-4 full arch dental implant.
If you’re ready to do something about your missing teeth, your next step should be scheduling an oral health evaluation with one of the board-certified periodontists at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants. We can evaluate your smile, treat the underlying cause of your tooth loss if it was caused by disease and help you choose the best treatment for your situation. Contact us today.