Tooth loss is one of the most common ailments affecting individuals today. It is estimated that 120 million people have at least one missing tooth.
While a missing front tooth is an obvious problem that most people are quick to address, missing back teeth do not seem to raise as much concern.
When a patient loses a tooth, the adjacent and opposing teeth can shift and move, and this can later create difficulty in replacing that tooth. Studies have shown that patients with missing teeth have a decreased capacity to function and this can contribute to significant medical issues, including cardiovascular disease, digestive problems, diabetes and many other diseases.
Studies have even shown a higher mortality rate among people with missing teeth. Tooth replacement can be easily accomplished by a number of methods including removable dentures, fixed bridges and implant-supported restorations.
A Board Certified Prosthodontist is a specialist in the restoration and replacement of teeth and can provide all of the options available to address this important issue.
Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP
Board Certified Prosthodontist
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