More than 500,000 people use dental implants to replace missing teeth every year.
Turns out more than 35 million Americans don’t have any teeth. And, 178 million people are missing at least one tooth.
Edentulism—the fancy way of saying missing teeth—leads directly to social and psychological deficits and functional limitations and impairments.
According to one study, people with missing visible teeth were negatively perceived on all social traits including attractiveness, health status, educational attainment, satisfaction with life, active social life, aggressiveness, intelligence, trustworthiness, amount of caring, friendship, dating, and likelihood to live as a neighbor. As a result, often individuals who are missing teeth experience significant barriers to personal and professional success.
In addition to the aesthetics and social stigma of missing teeth, gaps in your smile are detrimental to your health. Your teeth support the skin around your mouth. Without teeth, the bones around your mouth and cheeks decorate, creating a sagging—making you appear older. Additionally, missing teeth make it difficult to properly chew food, affecting your nutrition and digestive process.
If you’re missing teeth, consider replacing with dental implants. Implants look and feel like your natural teeth, and cost on average $1,500-7,500.