Missing Teeth? Dentures May Not Be The Best Answer

Approximately 69 percent of Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least one tooth. And one out of every four Americans over the age of 74 have lost ALL their natural teeth. The good news is there are various options for replacing missing teeth that can have you back to enjoying life again.

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Options for replacing missing teeth

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’re already aware of their impact on your appearance and dental health. Your teeth are important for helping you speak, chew, and smile. And when one or more are missing, it makes it difficult to do these things. Even losing a tooth you can’t see when you smile can cause your mouth to shift, making your face appear older.

You may be wondering, What are my options for replacing my missing teeth? Depending on your needs, there are three main options. Keep in mind replacement teeth should last for years, so it’s important to choose the best treatment option for you.

Why are dental implants preferred?

Not everyone needs dentures to replace their missing teeth. According to a quality of life study, there are two key factors that determine the need: 1) how many teeth the person has, and 2) which type of teeth they have.

Dr. Haiping Tan, lead author of the study, stated, “It’s about getting the right balance of biting and cutting teeth at the front of the mouth with enough of the chewing teeth at the back – that can make a real difference to people’s dental function.” Dr. Tan is a faculty member at the University of Adelaide’s School of Dentistry in Australia, where the study was conducted.

There is one option that provides the same feeling, function and appearance as natural teeth—dental implants. And in other studies, implants not only favorably impacted one’s health, it also had the highest satisfaction ratings when it came to the emotional and sexual aspects of life.

Dental implants offer many benefits for replacing missing teeth. Source: Bigstock Photos

Benefits of dental implants over other options

So why are dental implants the first choice when compared to other options for replacing missing teeth? Here are a few reasons:

And there are many more benefits of having dental implants. When making your choice, remember to do your homework to find the best option for you. Give us a call to talk it over and we’ll help you find the best solution.

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