The advanced technology of Dental Implants has made it easy and affordable to replace a missing or unsightly tooth, or uncomfortable dentures.

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry

More than 35 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws according to prosthodontists
15 million people in the U.S. have crown and bridge replacements for missing teeth
3 million have implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year

465140057Why is a dental implant a better choice over a bridge or denture?

Bridges and dentures don’t preserve the bone of the jaw. Bridges require the tooth structure of the adjacent teeth be compromised while partial dentures need adjacent teeth to hold them in place. The chewing force can weaken these adjacent teeth. Dental implants don’t damage adjacent teeth and provides stability to the jaw bone.

“With an estimated two of three Americans having at least one missing tooth, implants are becoming the preferred tooth-replacement option. Implant surgery is one of the safest, most precise and predictable procedures in dentistry,” said Olivia Palmer, DMD and diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology.

She goes on to explain bridges often fail after 5 to 10 years, “Because these bridges link missing tooth spaces to adjacent teeth, many patients find it very difficult to floss the bridge. Therefore, root surfaces below and around bridgework often decay, if not kept meticulously clean by flossing. It is impossible to repair this marginal decay, so the entire bridge must be replaced,”

If you have a missing tooth or thinking about replacing your dentures or bridgework, now is the time. Dental implants can give you the confidence you’ve always wanted when smiling or eating and improve your quality of life. They look and feel just like your natural teeth and they are just as easy to maintain.

If you’re looking for the perfect smile you’ve always wanted, make an appointment today with Dentistry at Lake Nona, you will be glad you did!