As our population ages, the occurrence of missing teeth increases. Nearly 30% of adults in the United States have lost at least one quadrant of their teeth, if not all of their teeth.
There are traditional options such as dentures that rest on top of the gums and are held in place with adhesive. We’re all familiar with the image of dentures placed in a jar of water for the night. But traditional dentures aren’t the best option for tooth replacement. Because they rest on the gum, they can’t give the underlying bones the kind of stimulation they had from your tooth roots, and eventually they deteriorate. This creates undue wrinkling, sagging, and a premature aged appearance.
You’ve probably heard TV commercials for dental implants in Boulder, and they sound like a brand new technology; it seems like these clinics are springing up all over. Actually, scientists have found evidence of dental implants made of shells in Mayan skulls! Fortunately, the technique has progressed to where we now use titanium implants that hold beautiful porcelain crowns.
Dr. Lisa Kalfas in Boulder uses implant technology for several tooth replacement options.
- Single tooth replacement
- Implant supported bridges to replace several teeth. This helps avoid damaging the adjacent teeth to prepare them for the crowns that would anchor the bridge.
- Implant supported dentures, where your dentures “snap on” to the implants. No more worry about adhesives or slippage!
The advantages of using dental implants for tooth replacement are easy to imagine: ease of eating, chewing, and speaking; better bone retention to sustain your facial structure, and the self-confidence of not worrying about denture slippage.
If you need tooth replacement and are interested in dental implants, call our dental office in Boulder. Dr. Kalfas will evaluate you and then discuss all of your tooth replacement options, including dental implants.