Millions of American adults suffer from a condition known as edentulism. This is a condition characterized by partial or complete tooth loss. It is most common among adults over the age of 64 but may also affect younger populations.
There are several potential causes for this condition, including:
Edentulism can have a detrimental impact on your oral and overall health. Therefore, it becomes necessary to replace missing teeth. There are several options for tooth replacement. The two most common are dentures and dental implants.
Below, we’ll compare these two tooth replacement options based on:
Oral surgery is required for the placement of the implant screws, and the entire process from consultation to fully functional teeth usually takes several months to a year or more.
The cost generally ranges between $1,800 to $4,000 per arch. Most dental insurance providers will cover up to 50% of the cost of conventional dentures.
Many dental insurance providers classify this as a restorative procedure and will cover a portion of the cost. However, there are some that classify it as cosmetic and therefore, will not cover any portion of the cost.
The out-of-pocket cost of either option depends on several factors including:
Note to Reader: If you do not have dental insurance or if you are unable to afford tooth replacement, most dental clinics offer financing. This will help to cover the cost of the replacement and allow you to break the fee up into smaller, more budget-friendly payments.
While artificial teeth cannot develop tooth decay like natural teeth, they still must be maintained properly.
Removable dentures must be taken out before bed and cleaned. You will brush them with a denture cleaner using a toothbrush made for dentures. Then, they should be placed in a denture solution or water overnight. This will not only clean your dentures but also allow your mouth to rest.
You should brush twice daily, floss at least once- preferably with a water flosser, and use an alcohol-free mouthwash.
You should visit the dentist every 6 months for an exam and cleaning. This will help to monitor for any changes in your jawbone or soft tissue, as well as for any issues that could cause complications. If you have any problems, you should immediately schedule an appointment with your dentist to have it resolved.
If you are already missing some or all of your teeth or if your teeth are badly damaged/decayed, you should consider tooth replacement options.
However, you may want to consider the disadvantages including maintenance considerations and lack of stability.
These include, but not limited to:
The best way to determine which option is best for you is to schedule an appointment with the dentist. They will be able to explain the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you decide which one is best for you.
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