As we get older our risk of oral health problems increases. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we are at higher risk of losing our teeth as we age.
Around 4 percent of adults have none of their original teeth. Among adults between the ages of 50 and 64, more than 10 percent have lost all their teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
Losing teeth can have a tremendous impact on your self-confidence and your quality of life.
If you have lost teeth or need multiple teeth removed, visit Dental Implants and Periodontology of Arizona in Phoenix. We can show you have you can maintain or improve your life with Same-Day Smile.
Effects of lost teeth
DearDoctor.com explained the impact of losing teeth in a recent article.
When you lose a tooth, that can lead to further problems with your oral health. Within a year of losing a tooth, you can lose up to 25 percent of the bone density in that part of your mouth.
As your bone density decreases, this can weaken the teeth adjacent to the gap. They may become loose or fall out. When that happens, the bone loss only increases.
DearDoctor.com also reported that 70 percent of American adults are missing at least one tooth, and 17 percent of Americans adults are missing a complete arch of teeth.
Severe tooth loss can make it nearly impossible to bite and chew food. This may leave you with no choice but to eat soft foods and a liquids.
We may enjoy mashed potatoes, milkshakes, and pudding, but we also want foods like chicken, steak, vegetables, and fruits. This is important both for nutritional reasons and for enjoying our lives.
Our Same-Day Smile service can restore your smile and your ability to eat all the foods you love in just one day.
Same-Day Smile combines two forms of tooth replacement to give you something that is close to, if not equal to, the bite force you had when you had all your teeth.
Same-Day Smile start with dental implants.
Dental implants are replacements for the roots of your teeth. The root is the anchor that holds your teeth in your jaw.
Modern dental implants are made with titanium. Unlike some other metals, titanium will go through a process known as osseointegration when it is placed into your bones. This means the jaw bone will bond directly to your dental implants just as it does with natural roots.
This also means your dental implants are held securely in place, and that is the foundation that makes Same-Day Smile so effective.
If you choose this service, we will place multiple dental implants in your mouth. After they have been placed, we attach dentures to those implants.
Your dentures can be secured to your dental implants in two ways. The first way is by using permanent screws to affix the dentures in place.
The second way is with ball-retained dentures. In this case, we place metal balls on the abutments of your dental implants, and your dentures are held in place by these balls. You can remove these dentures for easy cleaning.
Whether you choose the screws or the ball-supported dentures, we assure you they will remain securely in place throughout the day.
What about regular dentures?
If you need to replace a full arch of teeth, traditional dentures can help, but not nearly as much as dentures attached to dental implants.
With traditional dentures, you may use an adhesive to hold them in place. This may be fine for many daily activities.
You will be able to talk normally, and you can eat many things. But even with dentures, your bite force may be as much as 85 percent less than it was when you had real teeth.
Implant-secured dentures may not get you back to 100 percent of your original bite force, but you will be close.
And that means you can continue eating all the foods you like without worrying that your dentures will come loose during your next bite.
Restore your smile
With Same-Day Smile, we can schedule your procedure to improve your smile in one visit. If needed, we can remove any damaged or decayed teeth. Then, we place your dental implants, and secure your dentures in your mouth.
When you leave, you will look like you have a full set of teeth, and more importantly, you will feel like you have fully functioning teeth once again.
If you live in or near Maricopa County, contact Dental Implants and Periodontology Of Arizona in Phoenix by calling 602-842-6841 or using our online form to schedule a free consultation.
As we like to say, “Your journey to a confident smile begins with us.”
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