Did you know that over 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth? More than ever, Americans are in need of quality tooth replacement options. Fortunately, in today’s world we, have several options for patients in need of restoring a missing tooth. The most popular tooth replacement procedures are dentures and dental implants.
While dentures and dental implants are both widely used today, it is important to know that the two procedures are not created equal. There are very clear and very important differences between the two procedures that we think all patients in need of restoring a missing tooth should know.
Dentures are the oldest form of tooth replacement available. Italians from 700 B.C. first crafted dentures made from human and animal teeth. However, just because dentures are the oldest type of tooth replacement does not mean it is the most effective.
There are several drawbacks to choosing dentures over dental implants. Dentures
- Can only restore up to 15%-30% of chewing ability
- Often slip or fall out of the mouth
- Patients experience loss of jawbone over time
- Require more care and upkeep than dental implants
However, there are many patients who are ideal candidates for dentures instead of dental implants. Some factors include patients who:
- Are unable or unwilling to undergo the surgeries required for dental implants
- Do not have enough bone in their jaw to support dental implants
- Are missing all or almost all of their teeth
- Are not willing or able to afford dental implants
Dental implants are a more modern tooth replacement option. They were first used in the 1960’s and have since been quickly replacing dentures as the most effective tooth replacement option. Because they are surgically inserted into the jawbone, this procedure is the closest match to having a natural tooth.
Dental implants are permanent and last a lifetime. They are strong, stable and once inserted and completely healed, they do not require any more upkeep than a natural tooth. This tooth replacement procedure can restore up to 95% of a patients chewing ability and actually stimulate the growth of the jawbone. Ideal candidates are those who are missing one or a few teeth.
If you are suffering from missing teeth and would like to learn more about which tooth replacement procedure may be best for your case, our dentists at Carolina Dental Center are trained in providing both dentures and dental implants. For more information on tooth replacement options in Murrells Inlet, SC visit Carolina Dental Center or call us at (843) 357-2122.
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