As a cosmetic dentist specializing in placing dental implants for patients in and around Glendale, Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Donald Wilcox at Desert Smiles is well-aware of the fact that this procedure is the leading, most effective way of treating cracked or missing teeth.

But there’s one thing that some patients at our implant dentistry may not realize: Tooth loss may be a significant indicator of health problems that go beyond your mouth and gums.

Increasingly, doctors and dentists are treating the symptoms of disease in the mouth much the same way that they treat illness in other parts of the body.

Research from the National Institute of Craniofacial Research has determined that your chances of losing a tooth and subsequently needing an implant tend to be higher if you are a smoker.

Statistically, ethnicity, income and education also factor into the likelihood that someone is going to lose a tooth or teeth during their lifetime.

Three primary reasons that people lose or are missing teeth:

  • Congenital absence
  • Trauma
  • Disease

One study indicates that as many as 70 percent of young adult Americans are missing at least one tooth. And that statistic rises when people fall into at-risk health categories.

If you live in or around Glendale, Scottsdale or Phoenix and have questions about dental implants, or you need to repair or replace an older dental implant, please contact Desert Smiles online for an appointment for call our offices directly at 602-978-1790.

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