Myth: If You Lose Your Teeth, You’ll Be Confined To Dentures

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The Truth: “Most people think tooth loss is a natural part of aging, which isn’t true. Nor is it the case that, if you lose your teeth, you’re going to need dentures to replace them,” says Atlanta cosmetic dentist Ronald Goldstein, DDS. The reason most people lose their teeth is because they don’t properly care for them. “It takes about six months for a cavity to form. If left untreated, a root canal may occur. This can lead to an abscess, which, if it spreads, may require the tooth to be extracted,” says New York City cosmetic dentist Irwin Smigel, DDS. When multiple teeth are lost, the options are either dentures or dental implants, titanium rods that are anchored into the jawline and covered with porcelain crowns. “Dental implants are great for replacing single teeth or an entire smile,” says Cleveland cosmetic dentist John Heimke, DMD. Adds Bethesda, MD cosmetic dentist Joe Kravitz, MD, “More than 99 percent of the population is a candidate. With today’s advances, there’s no reason for anyone to be without teeth. 

Are Implants A Better Option?

Dental implants may contribute to an improved quality of life. “They are more comfortable, and you can chew with them like you can with natural teeth. Dentures adhere to the top and bottom of your mouth and can lead to a decreased sense of taste, shifting and an unnatural, uncomfortable feeling,” says Dr. Ronald Goldstein.

Did you know?

On average, dental implants have a success rate of about 95 percent with almost 50 years of clinical research to back them up, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

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