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La Jolla Center for Periodontal & Implant Aesthetics
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Today we live at a time which we are witnessing advances in technology impacting every aspect of our lives, none, perhaps, more so than quality of life through improved health. In dentistry we know that even today more than 35 million Americans have lost all of their teeth, and millions more will continue down that insufferable and tortuous path to losing all of their teeth, i.e. becoming fully edentulous, by living many, many years, decades even, as dental cripples unable to bite and chew most if not all of the foods we take for granted every day due to severe discomfort and painful non-functional failing teeth. People forced to eating soft diets unfortunately find themselves increasingly consuming foodstuffs mostly consisting of high carbohydrates or high fats, usually both. This affliction, of course, is nothing new to human history. Successes in childhood and adult preventive care, public awareness campaigns and water fluoridation have all changed this mostly inevitable life experience for most people alive today from one that was a reality for our grandparents and earlier generations. But the number of dental cripples continues to grow with estimates exceeding 45 million Americans by 2025. That means the number of Americans suffering through a failing and poorly or non-functioning dentition over the next 10 years will increase by about 30% and will represent one in seven Americans. The good news is that technology is changing the available options for those unfortunate to suffer in this way. What we are doing in dentistry today is virtual planning the case before the surgical procedure with a level of precision and utilization of 21st century materials and polymers that have had two very important results: (1) Working with the best technology and doctors with a clinical team both experienced and knowledgeable in this area of digital CAD-CAM patient-specific anatomical dental reconstruction has improved the experience for the patient during the treatment process and the long-term outcomes measured by comfort, aesthetics, function, health and longevity; (2) And what once would have been beyond the financial reach of nearly all of us, now can be achieved with a level of affordability for the vast majority of these people. The procedure for removing all of the remaining failing or hopeless teeth, placement of the dental implant fixtures and attaching to these implants a very aesthetic, functional and comfortable prosthetic bridge is routinely accomplished in one procedure on the same day. New Teeth Today: www.NewTeethTodayLaJolla.com

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