People of all ages can be affected by tooth loss. There are a wide variety of causes that can lead to missing teeth, and these causes do not discriminate by age. These causes can include tooth decay, gum disease, being born without teeth, certain systemic conditions, and many other issues.
When you experience of one of these conditions, you must restore your missing teeth. Without any teeth, you can have difficulties doing everyday tasks. Chewing, speaking, and smiling become more difficult if you are missing some or all of your teeth. Your confidence can dwindle if you do not have all of your teeth visible when you smile. Luckily, there are several options available to replace your teeth. From dentures to dental implants, anyone can restore their smile and regain their normal quality of life.
Toothlessness is extremely common among older Americans. About a quarter of Americans over the age of 60 are missing all of their original natural teeth. Overall, 36 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. 23 million of these people are elderly, which means about one-third of this population is under the age of 60. Another 120 million Americans are missing one or more of their natural teeth.
Every year, about 15 percent of the people who are missing their teeth have dentures made for them. The total amount of people missing teeth that have dentures is 90 percent.
If a person of any age is missing teeth, they are able to replace these teeth in several ways. Many people choose between dentures and dental implants.
Dentures are a removable set of replacement teeth that are attached to a plate. These are created to be worn for only part of the day. They are taken out nightly and are cleaned at this time.
Dental implants involve attaching replacement teeth to surgical implants. These implants are designed to have your jawbone grow around the implants. This process can take a few months, making the overall implant process last longer. After the implant is joined with your natural bone, your replacement teeth are installed onto the surgically-placed implant.
There are advantages and disadvantages to each of these choices. What is best for you may depend on price, longevity of the tooth replacement, the length of the process, or any number of other factors. You can always discuss the options with a dentist to choose what is right for you.
At McBride Dental, we understand that people of all ages experience tooth loss and may need to replace their teeth. We can help you decide on the option that is right for your unique situation. Contact us today to learn what options are best for you. There is no need to continue for another day without replacing your natural teeth. Call 760-471-1003 to discuss tooth replacement today.