How to Replace Lost Teeth

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010, 10:55 am

Did you know that at age 74 more than a quarter of the people have lost ALL of their teeth.  Almost 70% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth. The reasons for the loss vary – tooth decay, accidents, gum disease, excessive wear (bruxism or tooth grinding),  or periodontal disease.  Whatever the reason for the loss it is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible.

When a tooth is removed it affects more than just your appearance and your smile.  The other teeth will begin to shift in your mouth making brushing and flossing more difficult.  The jaw bone that once anchored the tooth is no longer needed in that area and begins to recede.  Chewing food may become more difficult causing nutrition problems, especially for older patients.

There are several ways to replace a lost tooth or teeth.  Dental Bridges, Removable Appliances and Dental Implants are all common.   Dr. Wilbanks will recommend the best procedure for you based upon your oral health and the number or placement of the missing teeth.  For most people, the strongest, most durable replacement option is the dental implant.

Dental implants are small titanium screws that act as an artificial tooth root.  The implant is placed in your jaw bone and the bone and surrounding tissue grow around the implant and hold it in place.  A special dental crown is attached to the implant for a natural looking and feeling tooth replacement.  Implants are used to replace just one missing tooth or can be used to replace many.  Implants can even be used as anchors for special dentures for those patients who have lost all their teeth.

Contact our Toccoa, Georgia office at 1-800-884-9439 for more information about tooth replacement using dental implants, bridges or removable appliances.  Our caring team of dental professionals pamper our patients and assist Dr. Wilbanks in making your visit special.  Call us today for more information about replacing your missing teeth.

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