The statistics are surprising, but the truth is that some three-quarters of people age 35 to 44 are missing at least one tooth (reported by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons). There are a lot of reasons for missing teeth, including trauma, decay, or gum disease.
Perhaps you are one of those who is missing one or more teeth, and you have wondered which options would give you the best form and function of your natural teeth. You have probably wondered if dentures or dental implants in Phoenix might be better for you. Let’s take a look at both options
One of the most common ways for people to replace missing teeth is still—and has been for a long time—dentures, or false teeth. They have been around for years. Their quality has improved dramatically since they were first introduced, and for many people they are still a good option for tooth replacement.
Still, there are drawbacks: They are not permanently placed into the mouth, so they have a tendency to move and shift. Wearers are often self-conscious about talking and laughing, and they can also be restricted from eating their favorite foods.
There is another issue with dentures that a lot of people don’t realize until they have been wearing them for many years. Wearers will ultimately develop something called “facial collapse.” Facial collapse is what happens when teeth are missing and the body stops sending nutrients to the jawbone. Without nutrients, the jawbone shrinks over time, giving people an aged, sunken-in look. Because the bone shrinks, dentures will have to be adjusted numerous times through the years.
The best option for replacing one or more missing teeth is dental implants. Not only do they look and function very similarly your missing tooth, but patients do not have to deal with the moving and slipping that denture wearers do. Facial collapse does not happen with dental implants because the implants, which are permanently placed into the jawbone, stimulate the jawbone as the natural tooth root would. Nutrients continue to flow to the area so the jawbone stays strong.
Dentures vs. Dental Implants: Which Is Right for You?
If you are missing one or more teeth and you would like more information about dentures versus dental implants in Phoenix, Dental Care at Moon Valley is just a phone call away!