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Tooth Loss and Dental Implant Statistics

By N. Perry Orchard on June 23, 2019

Implant-supported dental crown diagramTooth loss is a common problem. According to numbers from the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), roughly 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. The ACP estimates that around 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. That’s a significant number of people on both counts. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or all of your teeth, Dr. Charles A. Robertson and Dr. Nicholas Perry Orchard can help. By getting dental implants at our Corpus Christi, TX dentistry center, you can have a healthy and beautiful smile again.

If you found the statistics above interesting, we have more numbers where that came from. Let’s take a moment to share some revealing facts and figures about tooth loss and dental implants.

The Most Common Causes of Missing Teeth

A study was carried out at a Brazilian dental clinic regarding the most common causes of tooth extractions. The results were published by the International Journal of Dentistry in 2010. The most common reasons for tooth extractions were:

  • Dental Caries/Tooth Decay - 38.4 percent
  • Gum Disease - 32.3 percent
  • Eruption Problems - 6.4 percent
  • Orthodontic Issues - 5.7 percent
  • Prosthetics - 3.6 percent
  • Injury/Trauma - 2.6 percent
  • Occlusal Problems - 1.1. percent
  • Other - 9.9 percent

These findings from Brazil are similar to what we see among patients in Corpus Christi. This goes to show why preventative care is so important to help fight cavities and periodontal disease.

Age and Tooth Loss

Age is another common cause of tooth loss. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 1 in 5 people age 65 or older are missing all of their teeth.

The numbers on age-related tooth loss are telling when broken down by age groups.

Roughly 13 percent of people between the ages of 65 and 74 are missing all of their teeth; that number jumps up to 26 percent when looking at people age 75 and older. By comparison, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) found that just 3.75 percent of adults age 20 to 64 have lost all of their teeth.

How Many People Have Dental Implants?

According to figures cited in a 2015 Reuters story, roughly 3 million Americans have dental implants. That number is likely a little higher today. The same Reuters story noted that roughly 500,000 people a year undergo implant dentistry procedures.

Success Rates for Dental Implants

The success rates for dental implants are quite high, and reveal the benefits of having these artificial tooth roots placed. According to a survey by The Journal of Oral Implantology, the success rate of dental implant treatment was as high as 98 percent.

Is Implant Dentistry Right for Me?

Given the numbers we’ve shared above, you may be wondering if dental implants are a good option for you and your needs. The best way to find out if implant dentistry is right for you is to schedule a consultation at our Corpus Christi dental practice. We’ll be more than happy to answer your questions and address your concerns about the procedure.

Learn More About Dental Implants

For more information about dental implants and how they can help you, be sure to contact our skilled cosmetic and restorative dentists. You can schedule a consultation at Robertson and Orchard, DDS by calling (361) 992-3011.

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