Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to gum disease, tooth decay, an accident, or a failed root canal. By age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. While there are a number of restorative options for tooth replacement, none has proven to be as functionally effective and durable as dental implants. In many cases, they may be the only logical choice for the restoration of functionality of the teeth and supporting structures.
What causes tooth loss?
There are a variety of reasons that teeth are permanently lost every day. Some of the most common causes of tooth loss include
- Tooth decay
- Root canal failure
- Gum disease
- Trauma to the mouth
- Excessive wear and tear
- Inherited defects
After a tooth is lost, it can be difficult to perform day-to-day functions. Many patients search for a replacement option that will restore the strength and durability of natural teeth and allow them to speak fluently, laugh, and eat the foods they love with complete confidence.
Why are dental implants the best tooth replacement option?
They offer a healthier, long-lasting solution to replacing missing teeth than ever before. They are the best option to achieve the goal of restored function and aesthetics, providing patients with a tooth so natural looking that they may forget it’s a restoration. Unlike removable dentures, which rest on the gum line, or fixed bridges which use adjacent teeth for support, dental implants are long-term replacements that your oral and maxillofacial surgeon surgically places in the jaw bone.
Implants are composed of medical-grade titanium metal that fuses with the jaw bone through a process called osseointegration. This ensures that the tooth is extremely stable for years to come, allowing the tooth to function naturally in the mouth. In addition, they never decay and do not harm or cause decay in the neighboring teeth. Because they fuse with the jaw bone, bone loss is generally not a problem. Patients can face the world with renewed confidence and enjoy the many benefits of a beautiful smile.
Dental Implants have been in use by patients for more than 20 years, and the vast majority of implants first placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States still function at peak performance. More importantly, the recipients of those early dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
As an oral and facial surgeon, Dr. Hernandez has placed hundreds of dental implants and is happy to discuss your options for tooth replacement at our practice, Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. During your consultation appointment, he will review your medical history and oral health needs, and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implant placement. We work closely with every patient to develop a treatment plan which fully restores oral function and a beautiful smile.
Dental Implants in Fort Lauderdale, FL
If you live in the Fort Lauderdale, FL, area and are looking for a healthy, attractive, and permanent option to replace your missing or failing teeth, contact our office today to find out the right solution for your needs.