The rate of edentulism - loss of all natural teeth - varies with age, but according to 2015 Australian Government survey data, the issue affects 19.1 percent of Australians over the age of 65, compared to just 3.2 percent of those aged 45-64.
For the many older Australians affected by tooth loss, a spokesperson for experts in dental work, the Malo Clinic, says it leaves them with the challenge of deciding to leave the gaps, or fill them with a part denture, a bridge or even an implant.
“Aside from being visibly unappealing, gaps can create an increased risk of infection, bone and tissue loss and may cause instability for the surrounding teeth, potentially leading to further extractions. It’s a slippery slope when you begin losing teeth,” the spokesperson says.
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“Dental bridges are useful prosthetic devices but they are reliant on the support of surrounding teeth.
They can last up to a decade and maybe longer but will require replacement.
“Often the ideal, longer-lasting solution is dental implants.” The spokesperson explains how they believe dental implants can improve a person’s quality of life.