While dentures and dental bridges have long been the go-to treatments for missing teeth, the fact that they need replacement every 7 to 10 years has led patients to be unsatisfied with the quality of these treatments. Dental implants provide replacement teeth that can last a lifetime, which has led to the treatment becoming the most requested method for restoring missing teeth.
In a healthy patient who takes proper care of their replacement teeth, dental implants can last for decades. We have seen instances where a patient’s implants were still fully functional even after 40 years. With this level of quality it’s no wonder why implants are rising in popularity, and the stats below only serve to highlight how useful and effective this treatment will prove to be in the coming years.
35 million Americans have no upper or no lower teeth in their mouth. That is 12% of The United States’ 318 million residents. This extensive tooth loss can result for many different reasons, from poor dental care to simply refusing to regularly visit the dentist.
As dental implants have proven themselves to be the most durable and comfortable treatment for missing teeth, these many patients suffering from missing arches of teeth would greatly benefit from this treatment.
There are over 3 million Americans who are already enjoying the benefits of dental implants. And good news travels fast. With more and more people raving about the effectiveness and longevity of implants, it’s no wonder more patients are requesting the treatment to restore their missing teeth.
As the demand for dental implants continues to rise, it has become clear that the treatment is on its way to becoming the #1 treatment for patients with missing teeth.
When faced with all of the improvements dental implants make to replacement teeth, many wonder why dentures are still 5 times more common. The fact is, you get what you pay for and dental implants do cost more than other restoration treatments. This is also due to there being a low percentage of dentists who are trained and certified to place dental implants.
Only 10% of dentists are qualified to place dental implants. To achieve certification in implant dentistry, 300 hours of extra training are required. These dentists must also submit case studies to certification-granting organizations that prove their capability with the treatment.
This low percentage of qualified doctors is part of the reason why the cost of treatment is higher than other restoration techniques, as well as why there are fewer implant patients than denture and dental bridge patients.
Steadily, the dental implant market is expanding, and estimates are pointing to it growing into a multi-billion-dollar industry by as soon as 2018. North American and European markets specifically have accepted the dental implant as the next logical step in tooth restoration technology. This is due to a growing concern for aesthetics and the superior benefits that come with dental implant treatment.
According to the US Department of Labor, there is expected to be an 18% growth in the number of dentists by 2024. These new dentists have all learned their profession in an age where dental implants are rising in popularity, meaning they are all being sure to train in the procedure. This just further works to spread dental implants, steadily making them into a common worldwide treatment.
There are a couple of reasons for why the number of dentists is steadily increasing. First, there is a growing population of elderly patients in need of dental care. And second, there is a rising desire for cosmetic dentistry among Americans. It also helps that more payment methods are out there allowing more and more patients to pursue dental care.
As of 2017, it is well recognized that dental implants are the ideal way to restore missing teeth. So why then are there patients still moving forward with less ideal treatments, like dental bridges and dentures? Some reasons include:
Regardless, more and more people are becoming aware of what dental implants can do for them, and more requests for the treatment means it will continue to gain prominence. It’s only a matter of time before dental implants are accepted as necessary for patients with missing teeth, by both dentists and insurance providers.
It is important that you do not hesitate to have your missing teeth replaced. Failing to do so can see your smile attacked by decay and gum disease. If you would like to find out if you’re a candidate for treatment with dental implants, contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Paul L. Caputo today.
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