It is estimated today that tens of millions of Americans suffer from complete loss of their bottom or top teeth. If something is not done to treat this condition, it can affect a person’s speech, self-confidence, appearance and even their general health. In the past, the only way to remedy the situation was dentures. But many people don’t like dentures because they make them feel old and speaking and eating are uncomfortable. Over time, dentures will lead to bone loss.
Jawbone loss is mainly caused by tooth loss. The roots have a role to play in keeping the healthy structure of the jawbone. The tooth roots help exercise the jawbone. Just as other bones need exercise to be strong, the jawbone also does. It gets exercise when you chew. If the teeth are missing, there is nothing to exercise the bone. After some time, the jawbone starts to deteriorate. Fortunately, dentures are not your only choice.
Dental implants are the most popular treatment today to replace missing teeth. Dental implants consist of a small titanium post or plate that is inserted into the jawbone. The implants will bond with your jawbone after several months creating a very strong platform for your replacement teeth. This bonding process will stop the loss of bone volume because the artificial root stimulates bone growth just as a natural root does.
Many people choose dental implants because of their durability and if they are properly cared for, they can last a lifetime. Dental implants are not removable, unlike dentures, which makes them very comfortable for daily activities like speaking and eating without worrying about them coming loose. They feel, function and look like your natural teeth.
Implants have a success rate of over 95 percent making them the most reliable method for replacing teeth. In addition, they don’t decay and are easier for maintaining oral hygiene compared to dentures. To be a good candidate for dental implants you must have sufficient amount of bone and healthy gums.
For patients who have lost most or all of their teeth, overdentures can be a good option. Where dentures used adhesives to be held in place, overdentures are secured in place by the remaining teeth and by dental implants. Overdentures don’t move while chewing or talking. They are a much more appealing and comfortable way to replace missing teeth. Another major advantage is they stimulate the jawbone to prevent any further bone loss from taking place.
The psychological consequences of losing all of one’s teeth can be devastating, affecting the self-confidence and social interactions. Overdentures can restore one’s confidence and improve the quality of life.
If you are missing teeth it’s better to act now and avoid any further bone deterioration. It is estimated that as many as 75 percent of the people who wear dentures would have chosen dental implants had they know about the bone loss. You won’t have to endure the unpleasantness of dentures anymore with alternatives that are comfortable, easy to maintain and long lasting.
Discuss with our specialist to determine what would be best for you. Contact Cascades Center for Dental Health to schedule an appointment!