Statistics provided by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons show that roughly 70 percent of American adults between the age of 35 and 44 have at least one tooth missing due to tooth decay, an accident, dental fractures or gum disease.
With such a high percentage of our population in need of replacement tooth options one would expect some pretty decent replacement solutions. The good news is that there is no need to go through life missing a tooth because there are plenty of restorative options available. Among the two best and two most common, are dental implants and dentures.
Dentures are essentially false teeth. The quality of dentures has much improved over the years, but they are still not an ideal replacement option for everyone. This is true for many reasons, for instance, if the denture is not secured properly with a denture adhesive, then the denture itself might slip out of place while speaking or eating. Not only is this rather embarrassing, but it can also be harmful to the existing teeth. If a partial denture is not fitted properly it can easily promote decay and infection. This in and of itself increases the odds of having to place fillings in the adjoining, or abutment, teeth.
Overall, dentures are the best solution for those individuals whose jaw or gums are unhealthy or weak.
Conversely, if you have one or two teeth missing and your jaw and gums are healthy, you will likely benefit more from dental implants. Dental implants are a replacement option for patients missing teeth that wish to have their solution implanted directly into the jawbone. Dental implant surgery offers a far more natural looking and functioning tooth replacement option for patients looking to restore the natural brilliance of their smile.
Not only do dental implants appear to be more natural to the eye, as well as function more naturally for the patient, they also offer a nearly permanent solution for the patient. Individuals who practice proper oral hygiene can expect that their dental implants will last 20 years or more.
Dental implants are most popular for those individuals missing one or two teeth, but can also be a solution for patients who have more than two teeth missing and are looking for a more natural alternative to dentures. That said, as long as your jaw and gums are healthy, dental implants may offer the best replacement option for you.