We all remember losing our teeth as children and being delighted to find money from the tooth fairy under our pillow, but it’s just not as fun as an adult. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have an average of 25 permanent teeth remaining, which is three shy of a full set -minus wisdom teeth
Missing Teeth and Dental Health
When people lose teeth in movies it’s usually from something high-impact and exciting, like getting hit in the face. However, the leading cause of tooth loss is gum disease. If you are an adult who has lost a tooth in the back of your mouth, you might be inclined to ignore it if it doesn’t affect your smile. Unfortunately, missing teeth are a big problem beyond cosmetic concern. Tooth loss can affect your ability to eat and speak properly, the alignment of your teeth, the health of your surrounding teeth, and cause bone loss.
How to Replace Missing Teeth
Dr. Brenegan is an expert in replacing missing teeth with the best options for your cosmetic and dental health needs. If you are missing one or more teeth, there are a number of replacement options. Currently, dental medicine and research favor implants as the best treatment option because of the longevity, strength and stability.
We at Cary Periodontics and Implant Dentistry want you to have the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve, so come visit us and find out what Dr. Brenegan can do for you. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!