Remember when you were a child, and you looked forward with giddy excitement to the day when you would lose your first tooth? Finally, you would have tangible evidence that you were growing up! You would proudly display your gap-toothed grin and prove once and for all that you were a Big Kid at last!
These days, however, the thought of losing a tooth probably isn't so thrilling.
Everyone's situation is different, of course, but no matter how many teeth you've lost or why you've lost them, on this you can rest assured: you are not alone. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 35 million Americans are missing teeth on one or both jaws. So you are in good company.
In a paper detailing current trends in dental implant procedures, the U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this further statistical breakdown:
69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay.
Losing a tooth or two may prove embarrassing, but it is actually not unusual, and you definitely have options to restoring your smile to its former glory. One of the best ways to restore lost teeth is with dental implants. It’s the next best thing to growing a new tooth!
So don't despair.
Instead, look ahead to your next step!
Your Next Step
If your goal is to restore your smile, then your next step should be to schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options. After evaluating your particular situation, we'll work together to form a plan best suited to your needs. Did you know that today we are often able to replace all the teeth in one day? Hopeless teeth are removed, dental implants are placed and you leave with a new smile!
Odds are high that dental implants will be right for you; but if not, we'll discuss your options and select the best and most efficient route. Everyone deserves a great smile!
Julie C. Berger, DDS, MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and prosthodontist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.