Did you know that nearly 70% of adults (35-44 years old) have at least one missing tooth? Getting through day-to-day activities like talking, eating, and laughing should be effortless, but after you’ve experienced tooth-loss due to an accident, tooth decay, dental fracture, or gum disease, things aren’t quite the same.
It’s important to know that you have options. There are alternatives for missing teeth that are natural looking and vary in price to suit your budget. Dental implants and dentures are the most common restorative treatments for missing teeth.
Dentures are false teeth. These have definitely increased in quality over the ages, so you won’t have wooden ones, circa George Washington’s era. Instead, dentures are generally constructed of acrylic resin and metal and have a natural look that is colored and shaped to fit your mouth. Dentures should be secured with denture adhesive. If they aren’t, they may come loose while eating or talking. Lack of denture security can also mean that debris is easily trapped between the false tooth and your gums, promoting infection and decay if you aren’t dedicated to thoroughly cleaning the area regularly.
However, dentures are the most ideal choice for patients with weak gums or jaw bones. If bone strength is a concern for you, choosing dentures will eliminate the chance for breakage. Dr. Jone may recommend dentures over dental implants to you based on other health concerns. Dentures prove to be a more affordable and less invasive option, but also come with more upkeep on your part.
Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth which are surgically placed into the jawbone. If your gums and jaw are healthy, implants are a great option that can last up to twenty years! Constructed from titanium, these posts naturally bond with the jawbone, creating a stable foundation which acts as the root for the replacement tooth above. This is a popular option for patients who have only one missing tooth, but they can be used to replace multiple teeth as well. Unlike other methods of replacement teeth, no bridge is required when using dental implants to replace multiple teeth. Each tooth stands alone and is independently supported.
Some doctors are unable to perform a dental implant procedure from start to finish, but Dr. Jone is able to complete the entire procedure in just one visit. Read more about Pacific Sky Dental services.
Talk to Dr. Jone today about which option is best for you! Contact us to make an appointment for dentures or dental implants in Daly City, CA.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Raymond Jone, Pacific Sky Dental