Missing teeth is a universal problem, with almost 70 percent of adults in their middle-aged years missing at least one tooth. Health statistics show that, by age 74, over 26 percent of adults have lost all of their natural teeth. Gum disease is a leading cause of missing teeth, but accidents, genetics, and poor oral hygiene are contributing factors.
Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth
Dental implants can replace missing teeth and provide excellent results. In the past, the only way to replace lost teeth was to wear dentures or a dental bridge. These are still appropriate treatment options, but they involve certain considerations. While conventional dental appliances are still available, they do not provide the look, feel, and function that dental implants offer. Backed by strong research and thousands of satisfied patients, dental implants look and work exactly like real teeth. They provide a permanent, slip-free result that allows people with missing teeth to eat whatever they wish and socialize without worry.
Dental implants are also a preferred treatment for replacing missing teeth because they are good for the jawbone. Made of titanium, which naturally resists decay, dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw where they fuse with the bone through a process called osseointegration. Once this process occurs, implants begin to take on the characteristics of human tooth roots, stimulating the jawbone each day to keep it active.
Dental implants are easy to maintain with regular dental checkups and twice daily flossing and brushing. Learn more about dental implants on our website.
If you have loose or missing teeth, and you are considering dental implants in McKinney, TX, call Dr. Choi for a consultation.