You may have heard of gum disease. But, did you know it can lead to the development of tooth loss and, eventually, the need for dentures or costly implants? Read on to learn how you can keep from getting gum disease.
Although your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, lost teeth are more common than you might think. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, if you’re missing a tooth, you’re among 178 million other Americans in the same boat. Shockingly, 40 million people in this country have lost all of their teeth.
The main culprits are tooth decay, gum disease, and trauma, but let’s face it, now that they’re gone, you probably care less about why you lost them than how to fill the gap.
At Brite Dental Spa in New York, New York, our team of experienced professionals covers every aspect of dentistry, including cosmetic, implant, general, periodontal, endodontic, and oral surgery, so you know you’re in good hands with our skilled experts. And when it comes to solving the problem of missing teeth, our combined experience leads us to the unanimous conclusion — dental implants are best. Here’s why:
For years, the solution to missing teeth was removable dentures. Although they cover the gap caused by missing teeth effectively, they require nightly removal to properly clean them by soaking them in a special solution. You might also need to take them out if you eat something particularly chewy or sticky.
But with dental implants, you don’t need to remove them for any reason — in fact, you can’t. Dental implants are anchored to your jaw bone with a titanium post and topped with a crown, so the solution is permanent. But dentures only last for 10-15 years.
Although dentures are crafted to match your existing teeth, there’s just something about them that doesn’t look authentic. Up close, onlookers can see the difference between the appliance and your original teeth. And if they shift, it’s a dead give away.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are virtually indistinguishable from your neighboring teeth. So go ahead and bite off more than you can chew; if you have dental implants, you’ve got this.
Removable appliances like dentures and bridges take some getting used to. When your tongue moves around during normal speech, the prosthetic tends to move with it. When you’re new to dentures, you need to retrain your tongue to help you enunciate words without slurring and without popping your appliance out.
Of course, permanent dental implants eliminate all of these issues.
One of the things many people don’t realize about missing teeth is that it’s more than just a cosmetic issue. Filling that gap isn’t a matter of vanity — although we must admit, your confidence will shoot through the roof once you get your dental implants — it’s a matter of health, too.
Several things happen when you lose a tooth: your neighboring teeth start to shift into the empty space and become crooked, your bite becomes misaligned, you have more gum surface that becomes vulnerable to bacteria, and your jawbone starts to atrophy. This is why, given all the choices you have to fix your gap, doing nothing isn’t an option.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of dental implants and whether they’re right for you, schedule a consultation by phone or online today.
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