People lose teeth for a variety of reasons, whether because of an accident, injury, gum disease or natural wear and tear. But what are you supposed to do when it happens? Before you start thinking you’ll be OK with a missing tooth or two, it’s important to know that even one missing tooth can have serious ramifications. Your teeth can shift, your jawbone can deteriorate and your face could end up looking wrinkled and caved in. Fortunately, there’s a permanent, beautiful solution for missing teeth: implant dentistry.
Dental Implant Statistics
Did you know that dental implants have a 98% success rate? Did you also know that 178 million American adults are missing at least one tooth? Those are just two important statistics related to dental implants that people need to know. Here are a few more, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID):
• More than 30 million Americans are missing all their teeth
• 15 million people in the U.S. have crown and bridge replacements
• 3 million have implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year
As you can see, more people rely on things like bridges (or dentures) than implants, but if people knew the real advantages of implants, those numbers might change.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants do far more than just fill the gap missing teeth leave behind. They replace the exact look and function of your natural tooth, as well as improve your speech and make it easier to eat the foods you enjoy. In turn, this boosts your self-esteem, oral health and overall appearance. Best of all, you can care for dental implants just like the rest of your teeth and they last a lifetime!
How Dental Implants Work
So now you know the benefits and statistics for dental implants, but how do they work? Basically, dental implants are composed of an implant (which replaces your tooth root), an abutment (connects implant to crown) and a crown (the visible part of the implant). There are three stages for the dental implant process: placing the implant via surgery, healing and osseointegration (implant fusing to bone) and placing the artificial tooth. The whole process usually takes just months (depending on individual circumstances) and the vast majority of people are thrilled with the results.
Dental Implant Technology
At Clements Ferry Dentistry, we utilize a variety of technologies for dental implants — one of which is Advanced Platelet-Rich Fibrin (A-PRF), which is helpful for many periodontal and oral surgery procedures. To learn more about A-PRF, click here.
If you live in Charleston, Mount Pleasant or a surrounding area and think you might be a candidate for dental implants, schedule a consultation with us today! We’d love to teach you more about implant dentistry.