Gum disease and tooth loss are still a problem for an alarming number of American adults. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, despite the fact that periodontal disease is generally less prevalent than in previous generations, millions of Americans (over 40%, or 170+ million adults) are missing at least one tooth. Tooth loss can eventually lead to a number of health and quality of life problems. The dentists at Merker McAllister Dental in Zanesville, OH, recommend dental implants for qualified adult patients suffering from various degrees of tooth loss.
Dental Implants in Zanesville, OH
Implants are a revolutionary restorative dental treatment designed to function like a natural tooth by replacing the root as well as the crown. When a tooth falls out, the surrounding bone tissue in the gums begins to erode, increasing the risk of a number of problems like inflammation, infection, and shrinking gums. There are also a number of secondary side effects of tooth loss, like difficulty, eating and speaking clearly. Implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss and the closest restoration to a natural tooth. An implant can replace a single tooth, or anchor a set of dentures in place with just a few implants.
The implant portion of the restoration is made up of a small biocompatible titanium screw, which is surgically placed in the gums. Once in place, the implant fuses with the surrounding bone tissue and spurs the growth of healthy new bone. After the implant has healed, the dentist attaches a cosmetic crown to complete the restoration. If you are a healthy adult with enough bone density to support an implant, you may be eligible for the procedure. Implants require rigorous oral health and regular follow-up dental care but are otherwise cared for just like your natural teeth.
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Living with tooth loss can have a serious impact on your oral and general health, and overall quality of life. For more information about dental implants and to find out if you are a candidate, contact us by calling (740) 453-0731 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today.