Despite improvement in oral healthcare, tooth loss continues to be surprisingly common in the United States. Nearly 180 million Americans are missing one or more teeth, according to the American Academy of Prosthodontists. The absence of one or more teeth can lead to impaired speech and chewing function, among other oral complications.
Drs. Alex and Jason Hecht offer several restorative dentistry treatments at our Staten Island, NY office. These treatments restore oral function and can even prevent jawbone recession.
Here, we discuss tooth loss statistics to give our patients a better understanding of how widespread this dental issue is.
Tooth Loss: A Look at the Numbers
Some trends in tooth loss should come as welcome news. Tooth loss is on the decline in the United States. Between the early 1970s through the mid-2000s, the prevalence of partial and total tooth loss has continually decreased, according to a survey by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
These statistics were compiled by the American College of Prosthodontists:
- Around 15 percent of individuals missing one or both rows of teeth have dentures made each year.
- The ratio of completely edentulous individuals to partially edentulous is 2:1 among the geriatric population.
- Nine out of 10 individuals who are missing an entire row of teeth have dentures.
- In the next 10 to 15 years, an estimated 200 million Americans will be missing one or more teeth.
- Tooth loss can be a risk factor for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer.
- Edentulism disproportionately impacts older and economically disadvantaged populations.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research compiled these statistics:
- A normal adult mouth has 32 teeth, including the four wisdom teeth, which are commonly removed.
- Adults age 20 to 34 have an average of 26.9 teeth remaining.
- Adults age 35 to 49 have an average of 25.05 teeth remaining.
- Adults age 50 to 64 have an average of 22.3 teeth remaining.
Common Causes of Tooth Loss
Injury, disease, and bone loss are common causes of tooth loss in the United States. Other causes include:
- Smoking: Smoking has been linked to bone loss, infection, and bone loss by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Inadequate oral hygiene: Infrequent brushing, flossing, and dental visits increase a patient’s chances of developing gum disease.
- Diabetes: Individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to periodontal disease.
- Inadequate oral care: Nearly one-third of Americans admit they don’t see a dentist annually. Regular cleanings and exams are critical to preventing tooth loss.
- Drug use: Illegal drugs can directly damage tooth enamel or damage gum tissue and the jawbone.
Treatments for Tooth Loss
We offer several restorative treatments for tooth loss. Dental implants, the All-on-4 system, dental bridges, and dentures can restore oral function and produce a more attractive smile.
One of our doctors will examine your teeth, jaw, and medical history, while considering your goals and budget when recommending a restorative treatment.
Contact Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist Today
Tooth loss is not just an aesthetic problem. Over time, the absence of a tooth root leads to jawbone recession. Adjacent teeth can also drift out of place. The restorative treatments offered at Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist can restore your smile while improving your long-term oral health.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of our restorative treatments, contact our office online or call (718) 705-4434.