Self-confidence is closely linked with psychological health, self-perception, and the way that we see ourselves in relation to the world. Unfortunately, nearly half of the population is unhappy with their teeth and suffer from poor self-confidence as a result. Up to 31% of the population suffer from tooth decay linked to poor hygiene — if left unchecked this can develop into tooth loss, which may require dental implants to improve the patient’s quality of life.
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, up to 69% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth from an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal, or tooth decay — this is 60% of males and 58% of females between those ages. Tooth loss doesn’t only affect a smile, many dentists grow concerned that the area could become difficult to clean and as a result infected. Infections of the mouth can quickly turn into gingivitis or gum disease if left unchecked. Dental implants may just be the best way to prevent disease and get your confidence back.
The earliest dental implants are believed to have been used around 600 AD when a Mayan woman was discovered with tooth-like pieces of shell inserted into her jaw. Thankfully, today’s procedures have advanced at such a rate that there are around 3 million Americans with dental implants — chances are you might know someone with a dental implant and be completely caught unaware. There are a variety of different types of implants, but screw thread type implants are the most popular due to their frequent success. As an alternative to dentures, dental implants look and feel natural, giving millions of Americans their confidence back. Don’t lose your smile: practice proper dental hygiene and ask your dental provider about dental implants to replace tooth loss today.