The day Tom slipped off of his front porch on the ice he lost a tooth when he landed.
Jenny was never much on taking care of her teeth until tooth decay caused the loss of three of them.
Robert will never forget his college days of boxing… mainly because he is now having issues with dental fractures on his entire lower jaw.
The list could go on. Almost 70% of men and women in their mid thirties to late forties are missing at least one tooth. (AAOMS data) The reasons vary from gum disease and tooth decay to accidents.
We’ve all seen the image of older folks taking out their dentures and putting them into a glass of water or solution to clean them. Perhaps you can remember a time your grandfather would “take his teeth out to talk with them.” Dentures are still an option for folks with weak or unhealthy jaws. But, many folks don’t want to risk their teeth falling out while talking or at dinner. Partial dentures can even promote decay in nearby teeth or infection if not properly fitted.
Dental implants can benefit those missing teeth with a permanent solution. They help stop bone-loss and can last for decades with normal proper dental hygiene. Although the cost of dentures initially is lower than implants, over the course of your lifetime you’ll often find out they are worth it.
Dentures have come a long way over the years. However, more and more people are seeking a lasting, more realistic solution.
If you are considering implants or dentures there are a variety of resources out there to help you make your decision.
Stories from folks who have had both dentures and implants - http://www.noweihed.com/ivoclar/iwd/
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons -
American Dental Association –
The National Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (NSOMS) –