Losing a tooth can be stressful. But it is also not that uncommon. Indeed, only 34% of adults between the ages of 40 to 64 have all of their teeth, and that number drops sharply for seniors over 65.
These days, you don’t have to live with missing teeth if you do not want to. There are many different procedures and tools that can be used to help replace your teeth and give you back your smile. Most of the time, you and your dentist will be choosing from one of two options:
- Dental Implants
Both of these are outstanding tools for the right patients. But which one to choose depends on the health of your teeth and gums, your age, the amount of teeth you’ve lost, and more.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are false teeth made of strong, durable materials that are essentially “installed” into your gums. Many modern dental implants are designed to look like normal, healthy teeth, but use material like zirconia or ceramic that is known to last for decades without decay. The teeth stay in place almost as though they are screwed in firmly into the location of the missing tooth.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are also false teeth. They are not installed into your gums. Rather, an impression is made of your teeth and gums, and a framework is created to create an acrylic resin that looks like gums. That frame then holds in the false teeth, which are often made of porcelain or similar material. Patients use a non-toxic adhesive to place the dentures in the mouth, creating a realistic smile that looks like you have all your teeth. The dentures can be removed at any time.
Which is Better?
Both dental implants and dentures have their advantages. Overall, dental implants are more popular. These implants essentially create new permanent teeth that will not shift or move, and do not need to be re-applied every morning. However, dental implants do require healthy gums and a healthy jaw bone, because the implants need to have the support necessary to keep them in place.
Many people find that dentures look more like real teeth, and do a better job improving the smile. They are also often preferred when the patient has lost more than one or two teeth. They’re less popular because of the adhesive, and because they do not always stay in place. But for many patients, dentures offer an easy solution to their tooth loss challenges.
Tooth Loss and Senior Dental Care from Esthetic Reflections in Folsom, CA
Whether you have lost teeth as a result of trauma, decay, or age, Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry in Folsom, CA is here to help. Dr. Chen and the rest of our team are happy to determine which options make the most sense for both your comfort level and the health of your teeth. Contact us today to learn more.