Tooth loss is an extremely common problem for adults in our society. The average mouth of a person above the age of 40 is missing at least 3 teeth. This average increases of course with age. There are many reasons for tooth loss; among those reasons are diet, parodontal disease, effects of pregnancy as well as tobacco use.
Dental implants are the present standard of care in dentistry for addressing tooth loss. A dental implant is a screw made of medical grade titanium which is placed usually in the gap of the lost tooth. Medical grade titanium has two very convenient characteristics: it is a very strong and a biofriendly material.
Previously the most common solution to missing dentition has been the creation of a bridge that is supported by the teeth adjacent to the gap. In many cases the creation of this bridge means that the adjacent teeth need to be filed and shaped so that the support structure can fit over them.