Statistics gathered by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons show us that upwards of 70 percent of Americans aged 35 to 44 are missing one or more teeth, lost to either gum disease, physical trauma, or extensive cavities. By the time we reach the age of 74, we stand a good chance of joining the ranks of the 26 percent of older adults who are edentulous or without teeth.
Living without teeth, even one is an unhealthy option that can lead to further issues, as teeth may shift towards a gap. Oral hygiene does not become easier with fewer teeth, as bacteria gather in these additional spaces. When a tooth or teeth are lost, replacement is vital to oral health.
There was once only one way to restore beauty to a smile affected by tooth loss. Today we have two. Dentures have long been viewed as a quick, simple, economical solution to missing teeth. A partial denture can easily replace up to a few teeth, and full dentures are custom-made to bring your smile back to its former glory. Statistics show that most patients seeking total tooth replacement first consider custom-fitted dentures.
Over the past twenty or so years, we have seen a significant improvement in the quality of materials used in denture fabrication. New techniques for design have also been developed to produce better-fitting dentures. The fact remains that dentures float on top of the gums. As such, the bone tissue in the jaw loses vital stimulation needed to preserve the structure. When patients wear dentures, the jawbone will likely change over time, requiring adjustment to a denture appliance or replacing the appliance altogether.
Learn more about implants vs. dentures
Dentists have realized the immense benefit of dental implants over the past few decades. Tiny titanium posts directly inserted into the jawbone replace the natural root structure and stimulate bone tissue. Like dentures, dental implants are fabricated from materials that will resist corrosion. The difference in technique, however, leads to lifelong restoration of oral health and function.
Studies show that the earliest dental implant patients are still going strong and are satisfied with their restorative treatment. You, too, can experience the difference between dental implants and dentures. Contact Downtown Dental at 213-863-9464 to learn more or to schedule your visit with Dr. Mungcal.