Common Facts about Dental Implants
Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth or all of your teeth, there is no better treatment than dental implants. While there are several treatments available to replace missing teeth, dental implants provide the closest replication to natural teeth in appearance, feel and function. Here are some facts you may or may not know about dental implants.
• Approximately 69 percent of Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing one or more of their natural teeth. Furthermore, among those older than 74, 25 percent have suffered complete tooth loss.
• The earliest known use of dental implants dates back to ancient times. Tooth-like pieces of shell have been discovered in the jaw of a Mayan woman dating back to around 600 AD.
• In 1951, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry was founded by a group of dentists who had been placing dental implants and wanted to share their knowledge. Focused on education, research and high-quality patient care, the AAID has over 4,000 members and is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to implant dentistry.
• Through decades of practice and fine-tuning, dental implants have been proven safe and effective, and the dental implants procedure is one of the most predictable procedures in dentistry today.
• Dental implants prevent bone loss and actually promote the growth of natural bone.
• Dental implants cannot decay or get cavities. However, they still must be brushed and flossed as if they were natural teeth, to prevent gum disease and infection that could lead to implant failure.
For more information, contact our dentist.