Tooth loss is a common dental problem in the United States that often results from inadequate dental care. As many as 178 million Americans are missing one or more teeth, according to the American Academy of Prosthodontists. Of those individuals, an estimated 40 million adults in this country are missing all of their teeth.
If you recently lost a tooth or wish to restore oral function that was lost due to missing teeth, Dr. Scott Parr offers several restorative dentistry treatments at our Virginia Beach, VA. The absence of one or more teeth can cause adjacent teeth to drift. Jaw bone recession can be another undesirable result of tooth loss. Here, we review tooth loss statistics.
The main risk factor for tooth loss is age. As we age, our chances of experiencing accidents or trauma increase. Older adults are also more likely to have advanced gum disease. The loss of jawbone density, especially as we reach our 60s, 70s, and 80s further increases the likelihood of tooth loss.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults age 20 to 34 have an average of 26.9 of their original 32 teeth remaining. Adults between the ages of 35 to 40 have an average of 25.05 teeth while individuals between 50 and 64 have around 22 teeth.
The American College of Prosthodontists compiled the following statistics.
Tooth loss can result from a number of reasons. Some factors, such as accidents, are unavoidable in most cases. In the United States, tooth loss is commonly attributed to:
Dr. Parr offers several restorative treatments for tooth loss, including:
No matter the cause of your tooth loss, Dr. Parr has the right restorative treatment for you. Dental implants and implant-supported dentures can prevent jawbone recession by stimulating jawbone growth through the use of titanium implants.
To learn how you can stop being a statistic while regaining your youthful smile, contact our office online or call (757) 473-8482.