Part of aging includes losing some of your teeth. Unfortunately, many people feel less confident after experiencing tooth loss, and some people go through great lengths to avoid smiling in front of others. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nearly 70% of adults ages 35-45 in the United States have at least one missing tooth due to tooth decay, dental fractures, or gum disease. There are a few ways tooth loss can be corrected, such as investing in dentures or dental implants.
Dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth and are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. A dental implant is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or to act as an orthodontic anchor. Both dentures and implants come with pros and cons, and weighing them out will help you choose the best option for you.
Should I Get Dentures?
Decades ago, dentures were the only option available to people who experienced tooth loss. Dentures help people improve their chewing and overall mouth appearance, but they’re no longer as popular as they once were. The quality of dentures has improved throughout the years, but they aren’t ideal for everyone because they’re high maintenance compared to advanced tooth replacement options. For instance, you’ll have to worry about having dental adhesive at hand each time you go out. Dental adhesives are pastes, powders, or adhesive pads that must be placed in or around the dentures to keep them in place. Some people with dentures don’t mind continually putting on dental adhesives, but other people find dental adhesives to be an annoyance.
Without dental adhesives, your dentures might fall out of your mouth while eating or speaking. Can you imagine this happening to you in a public setting? Moreover, dentures might promote decay and infection in other teeth if they aren’t correctly fitted to your mouth; this increases the risk of needing a tooth filling, which comes at a price. Implants for older adults and senior citizens are the superior smile restoration option because dentures are soft enough not to cause gum and jaw pain.
Should I Get Dental Implants?
If you’re missing teeth and have a healthy jaw and gums, you’ll benefit from investing in dental implants. Dental implants are replacement teeth that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. People who only have one or two missing teeth prefer to go with dental implants because they can be properly fitted into your teeth as opposed to dentures, which assume a more general shape. Even if you have several missing teeth, you can still go for dental implants. Best of all, dental implants feel and function exactly like natural teeth.
Ultimately, the choice between dentures or dental implants if up to you. If you decide on dental implants, the board-certified orthodontists at Oral & Facial Surgery of Utah are here to help you reclaim your smile.