Hundreds of millions of people of all ages and races worldwide are affected by gum and bone disease and tooth loss. It is estimated that several hundred million people are missing at least one or more teeth and that over 40 million people are completely edentulous. Completely edentulous patients suffer in silence and most of us don't realize it. It is estimated that Americans will lose an average of 12 teeth before their 50th birthday. Perceived complexity and high cost are major barriers to patients seeking a solution to their problems. With new technology and affordable natural looking alternatives to bridges, partials and full dentures, this is no longer the case. Whether you're missing one or all your teeth, dental implants can be used to restore your smile. Dental implants mimic the natural tooth from the crown of the tooth down to the root, feel, function and look like your natural tooth. They are superior to other alternatives such as bridges, partial dentures and full dentures because they replicate the form and function of a natural tooth. Today it is possible in some cases to place your implant and restore it the same-day. Implants can also be used to secure loose dentures to eliminate the need for dental adhesives so patients can eat, talk and smile with confidence.
The benefits of dental implants are that it will preserve bone because without a tooth root, the bone will degenerate, it will prevent the shifting of adjacent teeth and the caving in of the cheeks and lips which can make a person look older. It is a minimally invasive procedure and leads to more conservative treatment. It is conservative in nature because no natural tooth structure needs to be altered or ground down in order to replace the natural teeth. Because dental implants support your facial features by replacing the underlying structure, patients can have a younger appearance. Because they feel, function and are as secure as natural teeth, patients can now enjoy the hard to eat foods that they once had to give up.