Your teeth were meant to last a lifetime. Even the loss of a single tooth can have dire consequences for the rest of your oral health if not replaced, since the remaining teeth will shift to take up the slack created by the vacancy. To help raise awareness of the dangers of tooth loss, we list some interesting tooth loss facts, including how dental implants can provide a comprehensive solution to stem its continuing effects.
What You Should Know About Tooth Loss
- A tooth can be lost for a number of reasons, including dental trauma, tooth decay, or intentional extraction (such as wisdom tooth removal). The most common cause of adult tooth loss, however, is gum disease, which affects 80% of adults in America.
- Nearly 69% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth, either to an accident, gum disease, tooth decay, or a failed dental procedure.
- Approximately 74% of adults believe that an unattractive smile can hinder one’s professional success. This correlates with the diminished quality of life following tooth loss as a result of reduced ability to chew and speak, and fewer social interactions.
- To underscore the importance of your teeth, 66% of Americans agree that replacing a lost tooth is a medical necessity, not just a vain cosmetic indulgence. Considering the lasting effects of untreated tooth loss (i.e., shifting teeth, malocclusion, TMJ disorder, etc.), they may be correct.
- When it comes to replacing lost teeth, dental implants are the only options that can restore the roots, which rest underneath your gums and inside of the jawbone. Implants stabilize your replacement crown or denture, but also help keep your jawbone healthy every time they’re stimulated by biting and chewing.
ABOUT YOUR BELLEVUE, WA, DENTIST:
Awarded America’s Top Dentist since 2008, Neda Sayyah, DMD, is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), and is certified in the use of dental sedation through the DOCS Education program. Dr. Sayyah is also certified to provide Invisalign® clear braces for teens and adults. To learn more, call our office today at 425-688-0197, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Located in Bellevue, WA, we proudly serve patients from Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Seattle, Mercer Island, and all surrounding communities.