Tooth loss is never pleasant, but it happens a lot more than most people realize.
In the United States, the average adult has fewer than 25 teeth, according to the National Institutes of Health. Assuming someone has had their wisdom teeth removed, that means the average American has lost at least three teeth.
It’s also true that losing teeth makes you more vulnerable to losing more of them … unless you replace them. And the best way to replace them is with an implant-supported dental bridge. A great place to go for your bridges is our office in New Albany, IN.
To find out how Dr. Ron Receveur and our team at New Albany Implants can restore your smile, call (812) 945-7645 for an appointment. Keep reading to learn a little more about the problems tooth loss can present.
Doing Nothing Is Not A Good Option
Based on statistics from the American College of Prosthodontists, roughly 1 in 3 Americans is missing at least one tooth. If you are one of them, it may be tempting to think, “I can live without a tooth, right?” Well, you can … for a little while. In time, things will begin to change.
When you lose just one tooth, you will lose bone in your jaw. In fact, you could lose up to 25 percent of your bone density in that part of your mouth within a year of losing a tooth.
Your teeth also can begin “drifting” when just one tooth is missing. When you eat, you are applying pressure to your teeth. When you have a full set of teeth, they provide mutual support for one another, which pretty well keeps them in the same positions in your mouth.
If you remove any of those teeth, the nearby teeth can start moving into the vacant space. That can change your bite, which can make it more difficult to chew food. It also changes the appearance of your smile, which can hurt your self-confidence.
You don’t have to experience these issues. By replacing your missing teeth with implants and a bridge from New Albany Implants, you can prevent all the problems mentioned above.
Replace & Rebuild What’s Missing
When you get dental implants, you are replacing the roots of your lost teeth. These implants provide support for your bridge.
Something equally important is happening below your gumline. By replacing your roots, you can stop the bone loss we described above. That means your jawbone will remain healthy and strong. As a result, your implant-supported bridge can stay securely in place.
When your bridge is stable and steady, it replicates the kind of mutual support your teeth provide to one another. That stops the drifting we described earlier.
That also means you can restore and maybe improve the appearance of your smile.
You Owe It To Yourself To Talk To Us
Dr. Ron has been replacing teeth and placing implants for decades. In fact, he places more than 500 implants per year, and he has a better than 98 percent success rate with those placements. That’s just one of the reasons we offer a lifetime warranty on the implants placed at our New Albany, IN office.
We also have an in-office dental lab. That way, you know your new smile will fit right and look natural once it has been placed.