You wake up in a sweat and your heart is racing. You run to the mirror and check to make sure you have all of your teeth. Does this sound familiar? If you have ever dreamed that your teeth are falling out, you are not alone. Missing teeth or teeth that are falling out is one of the most common types of recurring dreams. Psychologists suggest a number of theories behind this dream. Some say that it means you are worried about money. Others suggest a feeling of vulnerability or a lack of control over your circumstances. Whatever the cause, this dream can be terrifying!
Unfortunately, for many American adults, failing and missing teeth are a reality. Tooth failure and tooth loss can be caused by a variety of factors including lack of proper dental hygiene/dental care, periodontal disease, trauma, untreated tooth decay and more. In the past, options for replacing missing teeth were limited to dentures (partial and full) and dental bridges. These tooth replacement options are still popular procedures for replacing missing teeth. However, neither of these solutions provide a permanent, fixed solution to tooth loss. Now with the advent of dental implants, individuals with tooth loss have a fixed solution that can last a lifetime, with proper care. This is good news for the many American adults who are missing one, several or all of their teeth.
Dental implants look like natural teeth and because they are fused to the jawbone, they feel and function like natural teeth. These factors represent significant advantages over traditional dentures and dental bridges. Most individuals are candidates for dental implants, and the success rate is very high. However, if you are a smoker or have other conditions such as Diabetes, your chances for a successful outcome may be reduced. Additionally, if you do not have a sufficient quantity of bone in your jaw, you may require bone grafting before dental implants can be successfully placed.
If you are living with the reality of tooth loss, talk to a dentist in your local area today. After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement system.
Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health