In our younger years, our local dentists likely talked to us about the importance of brushing and oral hygiene — especially when our permanent teeth came in. Unlike baby teeth, these teeth wouldn’t fall out and grow back, so we had to care for them very well.
A number of people forgot about those lessons into adulthood. As it turns out, sometimes permanent teeth aren’t so permanent. While we generally associate tooth loss with the elderly, younger generations are more commonly showing up to their local dentists with decaying teeth and other incurable oral health conditions.
More than 47% of adults over the age of 30 have a confirmed case of gum disease, while many others who avoid the dentist are likely suffering in silence. Without proper treatment and action, gun disease can lead to tooth loss, causing a handful of health issues.
Without teeth present, bacteria is able to make its way into the open sores of the mouth, causing infection and other serious health issues
Luckily, with the help of restorative dentistry, there is a solution. Dental implants are artificial teeth, like dentures, but are far more advanced.
Dental implants are permanently installed into the mouth under anesthesia. A patient can receive an implant to replace just one tooth or to replace an entire set of teeth. The result is a beautiful, natural-looking smile that anyone would be proud of.
Aside from an exuding amount of confidence from the patient following their procedure, implants protect the gums from damaging bacteria, allow for normal chewing, and are totally permanent. Unlike bridges and crowns that are supported by existing teeth, titanium dental implants will not decay or need to be replaced. However, it’s still important to brush your implants to promote gum health, prevent bad breath, and keep food particles from getting stuck.
Regardless of age, dental implants are an option as long as the patient has lost all of his or her baby teeth. If you have lost or are concerned about losing one or more teeth, consider seeing Drs. Thorsheim and Ceraso for an appointment and consultation about the possibility of dental implants.