New innovations in dentistry now allow your dentist in Satellite Beach to preserve your natural teeth for longer than before. Unfortunately, tooth loss is still a common issue. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. One of the most frequent causes of missing teeth involves an infection known as periodontal (gum) disease. Although it is preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports at least 50% of adults have it. If you are among those who have lost your teeth due to the infection, you can regain a complete smile with dental implants.
Gum Disease and Tooth Loss
Periodontal disease develops when bacteria found in plaque accumulations infects the gum tissue. It causes your gums to become red, swollen, and bleed. This is the first stage of the infection, known as gingivitis. At this point, it is easily treatable and will not cause any long-term damage. Sadly, many people fail to recognize the early signs of the infection, allowing it to go untreated.
As the infection intensifies, it destroys the supporting structures of your teeth. Over time, they will become loose and eventually fall out. Nearly 62% of missing teeth result from gum disease.
Bridges, partials, or dentures are often used to fill the space of lost teeth, but now you have an alternative option. With dental implants in Satellite Beach, you can regain the next best thing to your natural teeth.
Complete Your Smile with Dental Implants
Dental implants differ from conventional prosthetics because they replace both the root and crown of a tooth. A titanium, biocompatible implant post is surgically placed into your jawbone. This stimulates your jawbone to encourage new growth, allowing the two to fuse to one another. After your jawbone has healed, an abutment is attached to it. This connects a custom-made restoration to fill the space of the missing tooth.
Dental implants offer over a 95% success rate, allowing you to make a long-term investment in your oral health and your quality of life. Their success relies on your jawbone’s ability to fuse to the post and remaining infection-free. As a result, you cannot have active gum disease if you want dental implants, but that does not mean you are not a candidate.
You will first need to undergo periodontal therapy to rid the infection. If your jawbone has been compromised from it, you may need bone grafting before having your dental implant placed.
Save Your Smile Today!
You do not have to live with an incomplete smile due to gum disease. You can restore your oral health with dental implants.
About Dr. Merrill A. Grant
For more than 30 years, Dr. Merrill A. Grant has helped his patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. He provides the latest advancements in dentistry to restore the health and function of your smile, including dental implants. If you are ready to treat your tooth loss, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.