Did you know that about a quarter of the country’s senior population is totally toothless? Aside from that fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also estimate that “1 out of 20 middle-aged adults are missing all their teeth.” Meanwhile, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research offers another interesting fact: “Adults age 20 to 64 have an average of 24.92 remaining teeth.”
Overall, the prevalence of both partial and total tooth loss in adults has decreased from the early 1970s until the latest (1999-2004) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In spite of this improvement, significant disparities remain in some population groups.
Conventionally, dentures and bridges were used to replace missing teeth. However, a growing number of patients now opt for revolutionary and permanent dental implants. In fact, according to a 2006 report, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry estimates that US dentists have performed more than 5.5 million dental implants. This number has certainly grown since then.
If you have one or several missing teeth, you may want to consider this restoration treatment. Dental implants in Denver offer a host of benefits over other options, such as the following:
Improved Convenience, Enhanced Comfort
Unlike dentures that can slip and slide out of place, dental implants are permanently placed. This reduces the annoying, painful, and sometimes embarrassing scenarios associated with removable dental prostheses. You can speak and eat better, and you can regain your self-esteem and confidence with your new smile.
Superior Appearance, Better Oral Health
Since dental implants are inserted and molded like natural teeth, you get a good balance of health and cosmetic benefits. The natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing replacement teeth strengthen the jaw bone where they are implanted and do not require existing teeth to be reduced or manipulated. Having said all that, you still need to brush, floss, and see your dentist for a professional cleaning to maintain the pearly white appearance of your teeth and also to maintain your oral health.
Dental implants make great tooth restoration options for adults and seniors in good general and oral health. A reliable dental practice like Cody Dental Group can assess if you pass the criteria and customize your treatment plan. If you have other dental issues, an experienced Denver dentist in the same office can help you explore other treatments depending on your needs.
(Source: Tooth Loss in Adults (Age 20 to 64), National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)