70% of Adults Have Lost At Least One Tooth
By age 44, nearly 70% of American adults have lost at least one tooth due to trauma, decay, or periodontal disease. An estimated 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth, a statistic expected to continue growing over the next 20 years due to the growth of periodontal disease.
Missing Teeth Causes Complications
Dangers Of Bridges And Partials
There are many disadvantages of choosing a fixed or partial denture over dental implants, including:
- Removable and fixed partials or bridges can cause jawbone atrophy
- Partials can be uncomfortable or loose
- Difficulty eating or speaking clearly
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Increased risk for root canal therapy
- Increased risk of additional tooth loss
Single Missing Tooth in Lafayette, LA
Single Missing Tooth in Lafayette, LAPatients experience tooth loss for many reasons, such as periodontal disease, decay, or injury. Viable options for the replacement of missing teeth are based largely upon the number of teeth that must be replaced. Traditionally, a small amount or single tooth replacement would require a three unit bridge while a large amount of missing teeth would warrant a partial denture, or possibly a full denture. Dental implants have the ability to replace any number of missing teeth, from one to a full arch.
Single Dental Implants
When using dental implants to replace a single tooth, the titanium post is implanted in the jaw bone to replicate the strength and stability of missing teeth. Once healed, the post is fitted with the abutment and crown, which is shaped and colored to match your existing teeth.
Supporting a Bridge with Dental Implants
Dental implants can be used to anchor three unit dental bridges or partial dentures to replace missing teeth. In this method, three crowns are joined together to make up the bridge. The teeth on either side of the empty space would be where the dental implants are placed and eventually fitted with crowns. The middle tooth would be suspended on the gum line between the dental implants. This increases stability while preventing crowding or shifting of the surrounding teeth. The dental implants serve as anchors for the dental bridge and allow the patient to resume eating all of his or her favorite foods again.
The Versatility of Dental Implants
It is also possible to use dental implants as a foundation to support dentures both fixed and removable. Dental implants are a versatile dental solution for missing teeth that may help you increase your quality of life. Contact our office if you would like to discuss your options to replace your missing teeth.
Dr. James M. Finley, located in Lafayette, LA, is a Periodontist who serves patients from Lafayette, Crowley, Breaux Bridge, Opelousas, St. Martinville, New Iberia, Abbeville, Maurice, and surrounding areas. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!