The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that around 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and there are plenty of ways to deal with this particular dental problem. A certain percentage of the population will choose to live without the tooth. As with most dental problems that are ignored, this can be problematic. It can lead to shifting of your remaining teeth, irritation of the gums, infection and even change the way your face looks. Some will decide to fill the gap with a removable prosthetic or fake tooth that comes out at night. Others will turn to a more permanent solution – the dental implant, a practical choice if you have problems with dentures or just want to avoid them.

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