Teeth need to last a lifetime, but they don’t always make it that far. The average American lives to be around 78 years old—that’s a long run for a tooth! It’s estimated that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and that 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. Age is reflected in this data, as about 30 percent of adults 65–74 have no natural teeth.
Whether it’s a single tooth or all of them, there’s a good option available for patients—dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are inserted into the gums and attached to the jawbone. The implant is a full replacement for a tooth root and serves as an anchor for tooth restorations such as crowns and dentures that look and function just like real teeth. Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss.
Who Needs Dental Implants?
Implants are effective for patients of any age. If you’re missing one or more teeth due to tooth decay or any other condition, dental implants are a safe and effective choice. Many choose dental implants because they are a permanent solution and don’t require extra maintenance or care, unlike dentures.
Implants may be a good choice if your missing teeth affect you in one of these ways:
make it difficult to chew
distort your speech
affect your appearance
What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?
Traditional dentures mean your teeth spend a lot of time in a cup and not in your mouth. They may slip out, make it difficult to eat, and distort your speech. If you already have dentures or are missing several teeth, implant-supported dentures might be the best solution for you.
As implant-supported dentures are permanent, they look and function just like natural teeth and do not need to be removed for cleaning. There’s another important benefit that comes with implants—they protect your jawbone.
Missing teeth not only change the natural shape of your face and your smile but can lead to jawbone deterioration. When the underlying bones of your mouth aren’t being used to support teeth when chewing, they lose strength, and noticeable bone loss results. Dental implants stimulate bone strength and prevent bone loss.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
They are the closest thing to natural teeth. Implants are stronger than any other tooth restoration method. Your implants will look and function just like (perfect) natural teeth.
Dental implants are long-lasting. As they are more durable and require less maintenance than regular dentures or bridges, implants are a long-term solution. As many as 98 percent of dental implants will go 10 years before they need so much as a simple adjustment.
Improve your quality of life. Never be embarrassed by missing teeth, dentures coming out, or having slurred speech because of loose dentures. You’ll be able to eat your favorite foods, no longer avoiding food choices that might hurt or dislodge your dentures.
Dental implants are a healthier choice. Stimulate bone strength and prevent bone loss so that you can retain the natural shape of your jaw. While you should still care for your restored teeth the same as you would your natural teeth, you are no longer susceptible to cavities. Mom will be proud!
Should I Get Dental Implants?
Dental implants let you enjoy your life without worrying about your teeth. If you’re missing one or more teeth, consider a permanent restoration that is low-maintenance and looks natural. Schedule a consultation with our North Las Vegas dental practice to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants.
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~Dr. Zachary Soard