Implant Dentistry and Tooth Loss

A recent report by The Washington Post shows that avoiding regular dentist visits correlates strongly with complete tooth loss in later life. Though approximately two-thirds of Pennsylvania residents visit the dentist at least once a year, 18 percent of our state’s seniors are unfortunately missing all of their teeth. If you or a loved one is missing teeth, Philadelphia implant dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall can evaluate your suitability for permanent tooth replacement.

Many patients who are at risk for tooth loss due to poor hygiene or medical conditions that weaken gum tissue might be concerned that full or partial dentures are their only option for replacing lost teeth. Dental implants are often a suitable alternative and have a number of advantages over dentures, including:

  • Permanent, secure placement in the jaw bone
  • No risk of slippage within the mouth when chewing or talking
  • Natural look and feel, especially when completed with a porcelain crown or other tooth-colored restoration

Patients missing an entire row of teeth might benefit from implant-supported dentures. The denture will fit securely to the part of the implant above the gums, restoring the dental arch and keeping the prosthetic in a stable position.

Ideal dental implant candidates will be free from gum disease and have sufficient bone density in the jaw to support the artificial tooth root. Though implants are the only option for permanently restoring one or more missing teeth, commitment to good oral hygiene is imperative. Dr. Marshall will provide you with detailed instructions on caring for your implant.

Don’t let missing teeth compromise your oral health and appearance. Please contact Lindsey Marshall, DMD, or call (610) 649-0696 today to schedule your initial consultation. Our implant dentist serves patients in and around the Philadelphia area.

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