Dental Implants Dentists of Houston and Cincinnati Report on Status of Implant Market

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New reports indicate a large disparity between the number of tooth extracted each year and the number of teeth replaced by dental implants.

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The loss of your missing tooth’s root can cause your jawbone to shrink, making your face appear prematurely older.

Drs. Tom Hedge and Kathy Frazar of The Houston Dentists are citing new reports on dental implants to inform their tooth loss patients the benefits of the treatment. According to the American Dental Association, nearly 45 million teeth are removed annually in the United States yet only about 2 million dental implants are placed. This disparity between the number of teeth that are lost and the number that are replaced represents a large unmet need for many patients’ quality of life. “Tooth loss damages a person’s eating ability, speech, nutrition, appearance and self-esteem,” reports Dr. Hedge.

Dental implants are one of the more modern restorative and cosmetic dentistry techniques to help patients restore the physical appearance and the chewing function of partial or full tooth loss. They consist of small screws implanted into the jawbone that are designed to replace the root of a tooth in either the upper and/or lower jaw.

Many patients are aware of the options available for replacing missing teeth such as dental bridges, dentures and implants. However, many Americans are unaware of the consequences of not filling the space from the missing tooth. “If a patient neglects to fill the space in which a tooth was lost the adjacent teeth can change position to fill the gap,” explains Dr. Hedge, who also owns a Cincinnati dental implants practice. “Additionally, the loss of your missing tooth’s root can cause your jawbone to shrink, making your face appear prematurely older.” One of the more obvious consequences, explained Dr. Hedge, is that a missing tooth in the front of your mouth can affect your smile and self-confidence.

Many dentists are in agreement that dental implants are the most pleasing aesthetic solution for replacing missing teeth and can help to prevent the above mentioned consequences. “There are various dental implant options available to patients,” Dr. Frazar explains. “Patients can choose from restorations such as a dental crown on a dental implant, a dental bridge on dental implants, and dental implant supported dentures.” Dental crowns on a dental implant are often recommended for patients with a single missing tooth. For patients with multiple missing teeth an implant supported bridge may be recommended and for patients who are missing all of their teeth, an implant supported denture.

Dental implant eligibility is determined after a medical evaluation is conducted to see if the procedure poses any health risks or if there are any factors that exist that may affect the healing capacity of bones of the associated soft tissues. Patients who are medically fit to participate in general oral surgical procedures can receive dental implants and their dentist will be able to determine any precautions before beginning an implant surgery.

According to information taken from, a resource for implant dentistry, the worldwide dental market is expected to grow to $7.9 billion by 2015, representing a compound annual growth of 13%. “Based on these figures,” states Dr. Frazar, “It is imperative that patients understand the health and personal benefits of dental implants as an effective solution to the problems of tooth loss as the treatment becomes more common.”

To learn more about Houston dental implant dentists Drs. Frazar and Hedge contact them at The Houston Dentists at 713-668-7137 or visit them online at If you are a potential Cincinnati dental implants patient contact Dr. Hedge’s Cincinnati office at 513-777-7017 or visit him online at Dr. Frazar has been featured on CNN, ABC, NBC and other media outlets and has been as one of the “Top Doctors in Houston” repeatedly. Dr. Hedge is considered one of the leading cosmetic dentists in the nation and is an instructor at the Pankey Institute as well as frequent contributor to dental publications.

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