Approximately 69% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The number of missing teeth continues to climb as people age, so by the time they reach 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their natural teeth. Replacement solutions continue to evolve and improve to meet the dental needs of the population, but dental implants have served as a cornerstone of the industry for more than two decades. Patients who received dental implants in the 1980s and 1990s report that their implants continue to perform at an optimal level. This feedback demonstrates that dental implants are capable of providing a viable, long-term solution for replacing missing teeth.
Denver Periodontics & Implant Dentistry provides cutting-edge periodontal and reconstructive therapies like dental implants at their Centennial, Colorado-based dental office. As a periodontist, Dr. Heather Richardson specializes in treating gum tissue through a variety of periodontal treatments, including the placement of dental implants. Today, most dental professionals recommend dental implants to replace missing teeth because of the advantages they offer over other treatments.
Because dental implants are surgically implanted into the gums, they provide a stronger and more durable solution than any other treatment for replacing missing teeth. Due to their titanium composition, implants are able to integrate and stimulate the existing jaw bone to prevent bone loss. They have a remarkable track record for accomplishing this feat; dental implants successfully integrate with the jaw bone in 97% of cases. On the rare occasions where amalgamation does not take, the dentist may slightly adjust the placement of the implants to see if the change in location encourages integration.
Dental implants are the only replacement treatment capable of stimulating the jaw bone like natural teeth, which is why they have become the preferred replacement choice. Since dentures and fixed bridges are made from non-compatible materials, it is impossible for them to fuse with the jaw bone in the same fashion as natural teeth.
Dr. Richardson, located in Centennial, CO, is a Periodontist who serves patients from Aurora, Denver, Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Parker, Highlands Ranch, Englewood, and Lonetree, CO and other neighboring communities. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!
Next: Dental Implant 101