If you have had to face permanent tooth loss, it can be difficult. We don’t talk about it as much as we could, but this common occurrence does not need to cause a permanent change to your appearance or lifestyle. It does, however, need to be treated right away if you are going to enjoy the best possible outcomes.
Most Adults Lose Permanent Teeth
Recent studies in adult oral health have shown that 69 percent of all adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth. There are a variety of reasons for tooth loss:
• Oral disease, including abscesses and gum disease
• Accidents that knock teeth out
• Elective tooth removal as an alternative to other oral care
Whatever the reason, losing a tooth is incredibly common, and chances are good that if you are in the 31 percent who has not lost one by age 44, you will likely experience it as time goes on. Accidents and other health problems can strike anyone.
Repairing Lost Teeth and Rehabilitating Smiles
The most important thing to remember when you lose a tooth is that prompt treatment is important. If you don’t receive treatment right away, you run the risk of developing permanent changes to your smile that make later corrections more difficult. Those changes include sliding teeth and other movements along the jaw.
On the other hand, talking to your dentist about dental implants as soon as you lose the tooth means preserving your smile. It allows you to get a permanent fix that looks natural. The permanence of dental implants means you do not have to worry about replacing them over time.
To discover whether or not you are a candidate for implants, contact our office today and make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Codelli.
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