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More than three-quarters of the adult population ends up losing at least one natural tooth by the time they reach 44 years of age. If you have missing teeth, you are not alone! A permanent tooth replacement procedure such as dental implants with Dr. Keith Chertok can restore your smile.
Dentists recommend tooth implants to patients because implants can improve the health of the mouth and jaw. Partial dentures rest on the gums and can cause bone deterioration over time. Fixed bridges require grinding down adjacent teeth, and this can cause ongoing tooth damage. The implants are fused directly into the jaw bone and have a high success rate.
If you have had a tooth extraction or have been missing teeth for a significant period of time, you may have experienced some degree of bone loss. An estimated 69 percent of adults in their late 30s and mid 40s have lost at least one tooth to tooth decay, some type of injury, or gum disease. By the time many of these adults reach their 70s, they have lost all of their natural teeth and may need more extensive tooth replacement procedures.
Dental implants are an attractive solution for replacing missing teeth because the titanium implant is fused directly into the jaw bone and provides a very secure fit. They also function just like your natural teeth by stimulating the jaw bone when you chew food, and thereby help to prevent bone loss.
Dentures and fixed bridges are still viable options for tooth replacement but are not without complications. Dentures can move around easily and make clicking sounds when the wearer is eating or speaking. They can also cause some discomfort and rub against the gums. Over time, they can lead to bone loss. Fixed bridges require grinding down nearby teeth, which can result in oral health issues in the future.
If you have had a tooth extraction or are missing teeth in Berkeley, CA, you must seek some type of tooth replacement procedure as soon as possible. Schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Chertok today!