According to statistics from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, almost 70% of Americans between the age of 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth.
There are many reasons why this happens as tooth decay, gum disease or an accident. No matter what the reason for teeth loss is, as there are various dental treatments available. The most common are dental implants or dentures.
The quality of dentures is constantly being improved. However denturesare not always the best solution and it depends on each individual case. Dentures may become loose, and often adhesives are needed to keep them more securely in place. In some situations, dentures may slip out of their place while laughing, speaking or eating. Loose dentures may also lead to problems for the remaining teeth.
Partial dentures can lead to infections and if not securely fitted they may cause other teeth to decay. However, even with all their disadvantages dentures are a good choice for those whose gums and bone make them an unsuitable candidate for dental implants. If properly fitted and maintained, with regular check-up with a dentist, dentures can serve you many years.
In cases of patients with missing teeth but with healthy jaw, bone and gums, dental implants may be a better option. After the dental implant in placed and a crown resembling a natural tooth is fixed in place, with good oral hygiene dental implants can serve you even for 20 years or longer.
Dental implants are of particular use where the patient has lost only one or two of his teeth, but are beneficial in cases where multiple teeth, or indeed the whole set of teeth have been lost. If your jaw and gums are healthy implants can also support other replacement teeth.