The Facts about Adult Tooth Loss
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) reports that nearly 70% of adults in the U.S. between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one adult tooth. As we age, the problem only worsens. The AAOMS further states that over 25% of Americans will have lost all of their adult teeth by the time they reach their mid-70s. The primary cause of adult tooth loss is gum disease, an inflammatory disorder that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, affects over 50% of Americans. Severe tooth decay also accounts for a large number of missing adult teeth. In addition, accidental loss of dentition due to injuries sustained during car accidents or while playing contact sports make up a significant portion. Unfortunately, countless studies have shown that missing adult teeth can negatively impact everything from a person’s ability to eat and speak normally to their self-confidence and general health.
Dental Prosthetics Then and Now
Of course, adult tooth loss is not a modern condition. Since pre-history, human beings have lost their teeth and tried, with varying success, to replace them. Archeological evidence shows that ancient Mayans inserted carved shells into the jaw to act as a sort of proto-dental implant. Dentures have been in use for hundreds of years. In fact, the earliest set of complete dentures dates back to 16th century Japan and they bear a remarkable resemblance to today’s dentures. It wasn’t until the 1950s, when industry researchers discovered that titanium had the ability to encourage tissue growth and, in fact, integrate with surrounding bone tissue, that dentistry truly moved in to the modern era. Once this was discovered, dental implants became a cutting-edge reality.
Our Dental Implant Services
Dr. Thanasi Loukas and Dr. Maria Loukas proudly provide all phases of the dental implant procedure to help their patients with missing adult teeth receive a new lease on life. Our dental implant procedures include:
To help our patients learn more about this innovative tooth replacement option, we encourage you to browse through our Patient Education resources.