Approximately 178 million Americans have at least one tooth missing. This is typically attributed to injury, tooth decay, or periodontal disease. The problem worsens as we age, as 30 percent of adults between 65-74 years of age have no natural teeth.
In years past, the only main treatment option for missing teeth were dentures and dental bridges. While both are effective, if a patient is in good health and has a healthy jaw and gums, our Conroe dentists typically recommend getting dental implants because of their many advantages over bridges and dentures. Let’s take a look at a few of them:
Dental Implants More Convenient
The look and feel of dental implants are like those of natural teeth. Fused with bone, dental implants are permanenent. Dentures, on the other hand, are removable and do not have permanent anchorage. Therefore, messy adhesives are needed to keep dentures in place. Also, because dentures are removable, one must take them out of their mouth in order to clean them. Dental implants eliminate this embarrassing inconvenience because there is no need to remove them to clean or for any reason. You clean and care for them the same way you do your natural teeth.
Dentures can sometimes slip within the inside your mouth, resulting in affected speech. Wearers of dentures can have issues with enunciating, mumbling, or slurring their words. On the other hand, because dental implants are permanently anchored, there is no risk of slippage or movement within your mouth, thus avoiding any speaking issues.
Dental Implants Allow Better Chewing
As mentioned earlier, due to a lack of permanent anchorage, dentures can move and slip within the mouth. This not only can affect speech, but chewing ability as well. When teeth are constantly moving or slipping, chewing becomes a difficult and challenging task, often resulting in poorly broken down food. When food is not properly chewed and broken down, digestive issues may arise.
Because dental implants are securely anchored and function just like your own teeth, proper biting and chewing occurs. A person with dental implants eats their favorite foods with confidence and free of discomfort. In addition, food is properly broken down, thus contributing to better digestion and overall health.
Whether you are looking to get dentures or dental implants, our Conroe dentists are ready to meet all of your dentistry needs. Contact us today to set up an appointment.