Dental Implant vs. Dentures
In recent years, dental implants have gained popularity thanks, in part, to aggressive television campaigns promising to restore beautiful smiles for those people who have missing teeth. This is no surprise considering recent data which indicates that as many as 35-million Americans have lost all of their upper or lower teeth.
Here at ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we are happy to inform our patients that we offer all-on-4 dental implants as an option for missing teeth.
Why People Loose Teeth
The main reason for tooth loss is periodontal disease, the most severe gum disease. Another alarming public data study indicates that at least 70-percent of people in the United States have gum disease in one form or another, which explains the high incidence of missing teeth.
When plaque starts to build up around your teeth, it not only damages the teeth by causing cavities, but it can harm the soft tissue in the gums. If left untreated by avoiding regular checkups, the plaque will continue to build up until it gets below the gum line. When this happens, the bacteria forces the gums to recede or pull back, causing teeth to become loose, and eventually fall out.
Dental Implants for Missing Teeth
Having missing teeth as an adult can be devastating, and it can not only cause other health problems, like bone loss in the jaw and face. Missing teeth can cause a lack of confidence in smiling or talking and can affect a person's lifestyle. People with missing teeth can become more socially isolated which can lead to things like depression.
Thanks to emerging technology dental implants, specifically what we call all-on-4 implants, are becoming more and more attractive for aging patients with missing teeth. With PR campaigns playing on television regularly, people are more interested than ever in this option.
A dental implant consists of a titanium rod inserted into the jawbone and a connector that supports the crown or visible part of the tooth. Implants function and look like natural teeth and more importantly, they help regenerate bone. One of the most significant advantages of dental implants is that they can stop bone loss. Advancements in implant procedures can even reverse bone loss in many cases.
Dentures for Missing Teeth
Dentures were and continued to be one of the most popular ways to replace missing teeth. In this case, we create a partial and anchor it to existing teeth. Dentures are relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to dental implants, but they have definite disadvantages.
The most significant drawbacks of using dentures is that the bone will be lost and will not regenerate. If left unattended, bone loss will cause the dentures to loosen, and you will need to come in to have them adjusted. As time goes by, this will happen more and more, and if you lose more of your natural teeth, the denture may have to be rebuilt to adjust to the changes in your bite. A loose denture can also affect eating and speaking.
Additionally, dentures can alter the taste of food and encourage a dry mouth because the gums are not stimulated by chewing as they usually would and produce less saliva.
If you have missing teeth and have questions about how dentures and dental implants can benefit you, we at ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center are here to help. Please stop by or call us at Carrollton: (972) 662-8660 or Flower Mound: (469) 444-1515.