a woman looking at her teeth in a handheld mirrorStatistics from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons show that nearly 70% of adults aged 35 to 44 years old have at least one missing tooth due to an accident, tooth decay, or gum disease. If you fall into this category, the idea of dentures may have crossed your mind. Viewed for decades as the only option for replacing teeth, dentures are a common household term. Dentures are molded to fit your mouth and are held in place by an adhesive. Although popular, dentures are now being overshadowed by a more innovative procedure for providing a beautiful smile. Designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth, more and more people are choosing dental implants over dentures.

A Beneficial Alternative to Dentures

Dental implants are natural looking false teeth that a dentist surgically installs into your jaw. Gone are the days of various creams and adhesives, with dental implants your teeth are there to stay. Dental implants can last for 20 years or more without the need for replacement. With benefits like improved comfort, enhanced chewing ability, and better overall dental health, implants serve much more than their cosmetic appeal alone. The results come from the implants themselves. They’re placed beneath the surface of the gums to gradually mold with the jawbone. After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a doctor will attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months with most patients reporting a minimal disruption in their daily life. The best candidates for dental implants are those with jaws strong enough to accomplish this molding.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

As we age, tooth loss contributes to the strength and form of our jaw. The implants keep your jawline intact but the results will keep you looking younger longer. Unlike dentures that are normally used to replace several teeth, you can opt to get only one or two implants, making them a popular choice. Dental implants do not require adhesive but can only be used with healthy jaws and gums. If not secured with denture adhesive, the dentures themselves might slip out of place while eating or speaking. Implants, on the other hand, make chewing, talking, and other activities easier and more comfortable than traditional dentures. With proper home maintenance, dental implants usually require the same dental attention as normal teeth. Despite their clear benefits over dentures, financial planning may be necessary with implants to cover the cost of the procedure.

Reasons to Avoid Dentures

Dentures have served Americans for decades, but as with everything, newer and more advanced technologies have come around making dentures a thing of the past. In general, dentures can feel fake, unnatural, and may cause further damage to surrounding teeth and gums through susceptibility to decay. While dentures can provide a boost and regain confidence, it will come at a cost while compared to the superior counterpart of dental implants.

Dental Implants in PA

If you or someone you know is in need of a tooth replacement procedure, look no further than the professionals at St. Luke’s OMS. Our dentists and oral surgeons have been providing successful and affordable dental implants, and continue to offer the same level of oral health service to all patients in need. For more information about dental implants or our convenient office locations, feel free to contact us today to schedule your initial appointment!