Today, nearly 70 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth due to gum disease, decay, or injury. As we grow older, the number of missing teeth continues to climb; by age 74, a quarter of the US population has lost all of their natural teeth. Since even one missing tooth can lead to a range of complications, it is important for patients to understand their tooth replacement options. In recent years, dental implants have replaced other treatments like fixed bridges and dentures as the preferred tooth replacement dental surgery solution.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Stability and Security. Implants fuse into the jaw bone, which gives them the strength and stability of natural teeth.
Compatible Material. The osseointegration process that occurs when the implants fuse with the jaw bone is possible because titanium, the material implants are constructed from, is naturally compatible with the body.
Adaptable. Dr. Randolph Snyder can adapt implants to meet the individual needs of the patient; implants offer a great deal of versatility and can be used to replace just one missing tooth or an entire set of teeth.
Unsteady/Lacks Security. Because dentures are not rooted anywhere in the mouth like implants, they often slip around and make telltale clicking noises when the wearer is eating or speaking. The lack of support can impair chewing, restricting diet and potentially affecting nutritional health.
Non-compatible material. Dentures are constructed from cast iron, flexible plastic, or acrylic materials, none of which are compatible with the body. On the contrary, these materials can actually cause irritation.
Limited usage. Dentures can only be used in cases where patients are missing multiple teeth; they cannot adapt to the needs of all patients with missing teeth.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and your dental surgery options for replacing missing teeth, please call Dr. Snyder’s Yuma, AZ dental care to schedule a consultation.