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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
December 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

For most people with access to adequate dental care and who are in relatively good health, tooth loss is typically not high on the list of concerns. At best it is usually an afterthought, relegated to just one of the many inevitable aspects of old age.

While it is true that as a result of good oral hygiene practices and regular visits to a dentist more and more adults are keeping some or Dental Implantsall of their natural teeth longer than in previous generations, full or partial tooth loss can - and does - affect anyone, regardless of age.

Replacing Missing Teeth With Dental Implants

The most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease. Although it is progressive and usually associated with aging, a number of factors like poor oral hygiene and lack of dental care, as well as genetics can cause people to lose teeth as young as in their 30s and 40s. Another common cause of tooth loss is through trauma and accidents.

When a tooth falls out on its own or is extracted by a dentist, the empty space in the gums can cause remaining teeth to shift, as well as the recession of the bone tissue under the gums, which can sometimes lead to infection and other oral health problems.

A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth with a medical grade titanium screw that fuses to the surrounding bone in the gums and serves as a stable and secure anchor to which the replacement tooth is attached.

Dental implants can be used to replace one or several missing teeth, and do not require that the new tooth be attached to an adjoining tooth. Implants are a good option for healthy patients with sufficient bone matter in the gums and offer a natural looking, stable, and permanent solution for replacing missing teeth.

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To learn more about minimally invasive dentistry, and whether you are a candidate for dental implants, contact Gentle Dentistry, P.A. at (201) 384-1611 to schedule an appointment today.