Adults who never had wisdom teeth removed should have 32 teeth, with an equal number of teeth on the top and on the bottom of the mouth. Adults without wisdom teeth should have 28.
When people are missing teeth, even the most innate tasks such as eating or speaking can become labored. Dental implants can provide a replacement for single or multiple missing teeth.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the following groups of people are statistically more likely to have fewer than 28 or 32 teeth:
- Older adults
- Current smokers
- Low-income people
- People with less than a high-school education
The same research, from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2004), indicates that American adults age 20-64 have an average of 25 teeth.
Two common reasons that adults lose teeth include:
- Trauma from events as innocuous as cracking open a nut shell or as dramatic as being hit in the mouth by a baseball.
- Periodontal disease, which is often caused by poor dental hygiene or plaque and bacterial buildup. Those who smoke, have poor nutrition, diabetes, hypertension and arthritis are at an increased risk of developing periodontal disease.
When you’re ready to learn more about implant dentistry, please contact Dr. Donald Wilcox at Desert Smiles or call 602-978-1790 to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve patients in Glendale, Scottsdale and the Greater Phoenix Area.