Missing a tooth or multiple teeth? Did you know that the longer you go without replacing a lost tooth the more jawbone loss occurs? In fact, the first year after a tooth is lost, the jawbone experiences a 25 percent loss in width. As jawbone loss occurs, the face actually begins to age prematurely. When the jawbone is not stimulated by a tooth, it begins to disintegrate as it is no longer needed to support that area of the mouth. The structure of the lower third of the face begins to collapse as the jawbone is no longer sufficiently supporting the face. The lips also begin to thin and sag, making the entire face appear much older than the patient actually is. As you can see, it’s extremely important to replace a lost tooth as soon as possible.
More than 5 million dental implants are placed each year.
Dental implants have a 98% success rate.
In most cases, an implant is the best way to replace a lost tooth as it is the only option that restores the tooth from the root up. Many other replacement options just sit on the surface of the gums, but an implant is placed on a titanium rod that is inserted into the jawbone. Not only do they feel much more secure than other tooth-replacement options because they are permanently fixed into the bone, but they also are the most natural-looking replacement option. Even better news? Implants have a success rate of over 95 percent! That means they’re safe and last for years.