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Dr. Hamid Ryan Kazemi discusses 5 misconceptions about dental implants

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Dental implants are growing in popularity -- there were 5.5 million procedures performed in 2006. Unfortunately, many Tooth loss is a big problem in America. Approximately 100 million Americans are …

Dental implants are growing in popularity -- there were 5.5 million procedures performed in 2006. Unfortunately, many Tooth loss is a big problem in America. Approximately 100 million Americans are missing one or more teeth, with close to a third of these individuals missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws. Over 69% of adults ages 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to decay, failed root canal, gum disease or accidents. A third over 65 have no teeth at all.

Individuals with teeth loss age prematurely and have compromised nutritional state due to inability to eat a proper and balanced diet. Many also suffer from altered self image and self confidence and cannot talk and smile comfortably. If not replaced in a timely fashion, tooth loss also results in shrinkage of surrounding jawbone.

Modern-day dentistry has devised an excellent way for people to replace their missing teeth and improve their smile and chewing, while avoiding loss of jaw bone and damaging effect of dentures or bridges. Rather than removable dentures resting on the gum line, or fixed bridges using adjacent teeth as anchors, dental implants are long-term replacements that your oral surgeon surgically places in the jawbone. Implants are visually indistinguishable from natural teeth, and if properly cared for, can last a lifetime.

Dental implants are growing in popularity -- there were 5.5 million procedures performed in 2006. Unfortunately, many Americans avoid getting implants because they have been misinformed about its success, overall experience, and risks. In this video, Dr. Hamid Ryan Kazemi discusses five most prominent misconceptions about dental implants -- and an explanation for why each is dead-wrong.

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