Tooth loss isn’t something that anyone is truly prepared for. Nevertheless, a staggering estimated 70% of adults over the age of 35 have already lost one or more of their permanent, second teeth and by the time we reach 50 years old, we may have lost as many as half of them. It seems that, despite the effort that many of us put into preserving our teeth, problems such as damage and decay and eventual tooth loss are an inevitability. Therefore, it pays to know what our options are regarding tooth replacement for when the time comes.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – We’ve all heard the phrase, but when it comes to practice, we don’t always implant this sage advice. When it comes to dentistry, many patients would prefer to avoid anything at all until they simply cannot avoid coming into the office for an emergency procedure. However, patients who practice preventive dentistry tend to yield better oral health for their entire lives without negative associations with their dentist.