Comparing Dentures and Dental Implants
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nearly 70 percent of adults who are 35 to 44 years old in the United States are missing at least one tooth. Whatever the reason—accident, gum disease, or tooth decay—the fact is that there is no need to live life with teeth missing. There are options available today that can restore the form and function of your teeth—and improve your quality of life.
Dentures as a Replacement for Missing Teeth
Also referred to as “false teeth,” dentures have been the tried-and-true replacement for missing teeth for a long time. Although their quality has improved in recent years, there are still problems with this option for tooth replacement. One of the major issues with dentures is that they can move or slip out of place. This can make denture wearers self-conscious about speaking or laughing, and it can also limit their options as far as what foods they can comfortably eat.
Dentures also do nothing to prevent “facial collapse.” When teeth are missing, the body no longer sends nutrients to the jawbone. This will cause the jawbone to shrink over time, giving people a sunken-in or aged look. It also means that dentures will need to be adjusted as the jawbone changes in size over the years.
The Dental Implants Alternative for Missing Teeth
Dental implants offer a restoration option that most closely mimics the look and feel of your natural teeth. Usually made of titanium, dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone where the root of the tooth is missing. A crown is placed on top of the implant. The final restoration looks very much like your natural tooth—and it functions the same way. You will have no worries about slipping or moving; dental implants will not budge—regardless of what you eat.
Facial collapse is no longer a risk either. The titanium implants stimulate the jawbone much like your natural tooth root would; nutrients continue to flow and the jawbone stays strong.
Care for dental implants is very similar to caring for your natural teeth, including regular visits to the dentist for examinations and cleanings.
Dentures or Dental Implants—Find Out Which Is Right for You
For those living in the Concord, NH, area who would like more information about dentures versus dental implants, White Park Dental is just a phone call away