If you are one of the nearly 75 percent of adults in their mid-thirties to mid-forties who is missing at least one tooth, you are not alone. These surprising statistics, as reported by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, are higher than many people realize.
There are many reasons you could be missing one or more teeth, but regardless of the reason, it is important to replace missing teeth. It is not just a question of esthetics, but leaving spaces in your mouth left behind by missing teeth poses a risk to your healthy teeth.
Let’s take a look at your options for replacing missing teeth. Whether you choose dentures or dental implants in Arlington TX, you will get back the form and function of your teeth.
Dentures as a Replacement for Missing Teeth
Dentures have been around for a long time as a replacement for missing teeth. The good news is that they have dramatically improved over the years, and they are a good option for replacing missing teeth.
Although they are better than before, there are still some drawbacks to dentures. Denture wearers will likely have some restrictions on the foods they can eat. Because they are not permanent in the mouth, wearers can still experience some slipping. Many wearers are still a bit self-conscious when they are wearing dentures because of this.
Facial collapse is also a reality with dentures. Many people aren’t even aware of this condition that occurs when there are no teeth roots to stimulate the gums. Because the body stops sending nutrients to the jawbone, the bone shrinks, giving people a sunken-in look.
Dental Implants as a Replacement for Missing Teeth
Dental implants are the preferred way of replacing missing teeth. Dental implants look and function most like your natural teeth. Because they are permanently implanted into the jawbone, the jawbone is stimulated just as it is with natural teeth roots. And because they are permanent, recipients have no restrictions on foods—and there are no worries about slipping or feeling self-conscious when speaking or laughing.
Dentures or Dental Implants: Weighing Your Options
If you are missing teeth and want to learn more about your replacement options, give us a call at Tysons Dentistry!