Harvard Women's Health Watch
Two options for replacing lost teeth
Missing teeth can lead to additional dental woes, but implants and bridges can restore your smile and improve your dental—and overall—health. Few of us will make it through life with a full set of 32 teeth. By age 50, the average American has lost 12 permanent teeth to decay, gum disease, or injury. Losing teeth not only affects your smile, but can also alter your bite and weaken your jawbone as well.