A study about oral health care in 2004 showed a significant drop on the number of tooth loss cases in individuals aged 20-64. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) reported this figure that covers the early 1970s to 2004. The massive decrease of the incidence rate in tooth loss is a good sign that people are now taking their health more seriously.

People aged 20-64 have more teeth than their counterparts some thirty years ago. However, the research also shows that older adults and smokers still tend to lose more teeth compared with the stated age group. On the other hand, NHANES reported that only 3.75% of the total respondents have no teeth left. These figures are pretty interesting, and perhaps can be attributed to the increasing demand for cosmetic dentistry Scottsdale AZ procedures and similar treatments from elsewhere.

The teeth are the bones most constantly exposed to different elements. Their location makes them prone to damage, potentially leading to tooth loss if left untreated. It’s a good thing that there are dental implants that can replace missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial screw-like roots embedded in the jawbone. The screw is given three to six months to heal and integrate with the bone before a permanent crown is added to complete the dental restoration. There are four types of dental implants: root, plate, subperiosteal, and intramucosal.

Root Form

Also known as screw type implants, these implants are commonly used when there is adequate space on the jaw. The dentist exposes the jawbone and bolts the metal screws straight into the bone. Once set, the incisions are closed to promote the total fusion of implant and bone.

Plate Form

This type of implant utilizes the same type of screw used in root form implants. However, it is only used when the gap is too small for a root form implant. Plate form dental implants Scottsdale dentists like Dr. Reem Kidess offer are long and flat, making them suitable for patients with narrow jawbones.

Subperiosteal

This procedure best applies to patients that suffered massive bone degeneration due to the absence of teeth. Such conditions do not allow root or plate form implants anymore, so dentists opt for subperiosteal implants instead. This dental implant is placed on top of the jawbone, directly below the gums.

Intramucosal

Unlike the others, this type is more of a dental insert than an implant. Cosmetic dentists Scottsdale residents rely on install intramucosal implants the same way they attach the previous types of implants. However, these implants primarily function as extra support for false teeth. This is perfect for those who are already using dentures.