Since the 1970s, the overall prevalence of tooth loss in American adults has decreased due to better oral hygiene and more effective dental technology. So, you may be surprised to hear that even with those improvements, the average adult in the U.S. has lost four to five teeth by their fiftieth birthday.
As we age through our 60s, the number of Americans with no remaining natural teeth steadily rises, such that by 75, nearly a quarter of people have lost every one of their teeth. These figures all point to a general prevalence of tooth decay and loss at the later stages of life, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. While having inherent negative impacts, missing teeth also lead to other problems, some of which may seem unrelated to dental health.
At Morgan Nordstrom, D.D.S., we want you to understand the importance of replacing teeth and how much tooth loss can impact other health conditions. Then, our goal is to offer a nice range of tooth replacement options so you can select what fits you best.
Why Replace Teeth in Vallejo, CA?
Many negative impacts of missing teeth are apparent. After all, you need a functioning set of pearly whites to chew the full range of foods, and as a coincidence, some of the healthiest foods are also the hardest on your teeth. So, a person with a few lost teeth may not be able to enjoy carrots or other root vegetables, corn-on-the-cob, or heart-healthy nuts. But the issues around missing teeth can go much further than food.
A recent study found disturbing connections between tooth loss and cognitive decline. These researchers crunched the data from nearly 35,000 participants and found that more missing teeth were linked to a higher risk of cognitive impairment and dementia. They summarized the relationship between them as ‘dose-dependent.’ They reported that “each lost tooth was associated with a 1.4% increase in the risk of cognitive impairment and a 1.1% increase in the risk of dementia.”
More worryingly, as participants reached near total tooth loss, their risks increased significantly. For example, people missing 20 or more teeth had a 31% higher risk of cognitive impairment. Still, those with total tooth loss suffered a 54% higher risk of cognitive impairment and a 40% higher risk of dementia.
These are compelling reasons to actively seek out a tooth replacement dentist in Vallejo, CA. We offer dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants depending on your unique needs.
Quality Dental Bridges to Replace Adjoining Teeth
Dental bridges are a fixed teeth replacement option for one or more missing teeth in a row. We offer bridges that consist of three or more connected dental crowns. On either end of the gap, we place abutment crowns that reinforce your natural teeth and secure the crowns that fill in for your missing teeth.
Our dental bridges look natural, and with care to avoid food debris becoming lodged between your bridge and gums, they can be a reliable, functional replacement option. But you need healthy, natural teeth to provide an anchor point for this appliance.
Full and Partial Dentures
We will recommend a full or partial removable denture for patients missing many, if not all, of their natural teeth. This option is custom-made for your mouth, so that gravity and suction are sufficient to hold them in place.
Dentures are distinguished by their removability, so you take them out during sleeping or cleaning. Partial dentures are similar to dental bridges in that they replace a smaller number of teeth, but they remain in place via special connectors that still rely on natural teeth for anchorage.
One emerging tooth replacement option is implant-supported dentures. Rather than attaching to your mouth via suction or fit, these dentures are attached to your jawbone at several points where we place titanium rods. Dental implants are for patients with healthy bone mass and good periodontal health.
Dental Implants and Their Various Uses
Many dentists consider dental implants to be the top-shelf option in teeth replacement. We prefer them as they most closely mimic your natural teeth, especially in how they are integrated into your jawbone. This artificial tooth root is made from titanium which, once placed in your bone, heals directly into your bone tissue.
Once your artificial root is healed, we can add a connector part called an implant abutment. Each abutment is designed for a particular restoration, be it a single-tooth replacement to a denture. So whatever your specific need, we can provide a dental implant solution.
A critical prerequisite to being a candidate for dental implants is sufficient bone structure to support your new implant. We use precise digital planning to ensure that you are a good candidate.
Teeth Replacement through Dental Bridges, Dentures, and Implants
You don’t have to live with missing teeth, especially if you want to remain sharp into your later years. So whether you choose a dental bridge, a full or partial denture, or a dental implant solution, we are here to help.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call to learn which tooth replacement will bring your smile radiance back in a caring and compassionate environment.