Did you know that 70% of people in the U.S. have at least one missing tooth?
If you are one of those people, and are over the age of 44, then you need a dental implant to replace the tooth (or teeth) you’ve lost.
Postponing treatment by not getting a tooth extraction on time, or neglecting your missing teeth, can have a significant impact on your oral health — and can have serious long-term consequences.
What About Partial Dentures and Bridges?
Aren’t those good options for fixing missing teeth?
The answer is — not really.
There are several disadvantages of choosing partial dentures and bridges instead of dental implants, including:
- Major discomfort
- Difficulty speaking and eating
- Tooth sensitivity
- Tooth decay
- High risk of losing more teeth
Dental Implants Are the #1 Way to Replace Missing Teeth
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) restoration teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
They are the ideal solution for fixing missing teeth, because they offer these great benefits:
LOOK BETTER, YOUNGER, AND HEALTHIER
Because dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, no one will ever know that you had missing teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent. Dental implants not only restore physical appearance but also prevent jawbone deterioration and other residual issues.
SPEAK AND SOUND BETTER
With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
ORAL HEALTH WILL IMPROVE (…AND NO MORE BAD BREATH)
Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene and preventing bad breath.
BOOST YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE
Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
WORRY LESS, AND SMILE MORE
Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care (see below), implants can last a lifetime.
If you are ready to see what periodontics can do to enhance your oral health, please come visit our office at our office in West Los Angeles, California. Dr. Farshid Ariz and our team can be reached at 310-826-3399.