Why Do I Need Dental Implants?
Some people may wonder why they should bother getting dental implants or replacing their missing teeth at all. Missing teeth can lead to a number of very serious oral and systemic health problems, including poor nutrition, low self-esteem, avoidance of social situations, and an increased risk of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases. Although dentures are a popular method for replacing missing teeth, they present their own set of problems, including reduced chewing ability, sore gums, decreased bone health, and near-constant slipping and clicking. For patients who have suffered tooth loss, dental implants offer the most complete, permanent, and natural looking option for tooth replacement.
Missing teeth can be replaced with three options:
- Dental implants
The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reports that by the time they reach their mid-40s, 69 percent of adults have lost at least one of their permanent teeth. Before reaching their 75th birthday, over one-quarter of American adults will have no natural teeth remaining. Missing teeth can impair your ability to chew and speak and can make you look older, unhealthy, and less attractive. Dentures can restore the look of natural teeth, but lack a high level of functionality. Dental bridges look nice and perform well, but they require the removal of healthy tooth structure which often leads to further oral health problems down the road.