According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (AAOMS) and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), 69% of adults 35 to 44 years of age have lost at least one permanent tooth due to dental caries, periodontitis, accidents, or failed endodontic therapy. The AAID states that more than 35 million Americans are partially edentulous or edentulous. By age 74, 26% of adults in the United States are edentulous. In recent years, the demand for dental implants has risen greatly, with a reported success rate at approximately 95-98%.1,3
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The author wishes to thank Dr. Samuel L. Corey, DDS, Fort Wayne, Indiana for providing radiographs and images for this course.
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