Many adults suffer from tooth loss in the United States. Fortunately, there are several good options available to replace missing teeth. Dr. Rob Heller offers dental implants and other tooth replacement options in Lewis Center, OH. Dental implants are the favored method of tooth replacement and provide a number of advantages over dentures and dental bridges. Dental implant surgery permanently attaches a replacement tooth to the jaw bone in such a way that the new tooth functions very much like a natural tooth.
You are definitely not alone. Did you know that 69% of Americans between the age of 35-44 are missing at least one tooth. And 26% of all Americans over the age of 74 are missing all of their teeth. These troubling numbers are something we treat every day!
While dentures and dental bridges are effective solutions, they do not prevent bone loss. When teeth are missing from the jaw bone, the bone will start to deteriorate. Because dental implants are affixed to the bone, they are able to offer the bone a stimulation that is similar enough to that of a natural tooth that it keeps the bone from receding at the site.
Dental implant surgery also provides a more permanent replacement than either dental bridges or dentures. Dentures are removable and can sometimes present difficulty with eating and talking. They can also sit uncomfortably on top of the gums. Over time, as the bone wears away, it can become more difficult to keep the dentures in place. Dental bridges also can put added stress on the surrounding teeth. It can be difficult to clean around dental bridges, which sometimes necessitates their replacement when such difficulty leads to tooth decay and damage.
Dental implants offer a permanent and worry free replacement for missing teeth. They are easy to clean, easy to eat and talk with, and they look and function very much like natural teeth. If you are interested in dental implants in Lewis Center, OH, contact Dr. Heller today to schedule a consultation for your dental implant surgery.
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