Born between 1946 and 1964, the baby boomer generation is considered one of the most significant generations in the history of the United States. Much larger than generations before and after, this group stimulated the economy and rode a long wave of economic prosperity. Now this generation is facing a new adventure: retirement. According to the AARP, nearly 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 each day, which means they’ll be dealing with how to live out their golden years with dignity.
With age, there are pitfalls aplenty. From mobility issues, health risks, and the decumulation of assets, it can be difficult to maintain a lifestyle you can be proud of. But for those older adults who have lost teeth to gum disease or decay, your dentist can help you maintain the smile of your youth.
Dental Implants & You
Maintaining a healthy smile becomes more and more difficult the older you get. According to the CDC, almost 70 percent of adults 65 and older suffer from gum disease. Not only can gum disease increase your chances of heart disease, diabetes, and dementia, it’s also the number one cause of tooth loss. Because of this and other factors, 26 percent of adults 65 to 75 have lost all their teeth, which can severely affect their confidence and quality of life.
Traditionally, the number one tooth replacement method has been dentures. While these work for some Americans, many find themselves missing their old smile. Dentures can be uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time, can fall out easily, and be a pain to clean. That’s why many tend to only use them when they have to eat. (Though many others choose to eat without dentures because they don’t chew well.) Fortunately for those who have lost teeth, dental implants offer a solution that can give you back the freedom and confidence of your natural teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a tooth replacement method comprised of two main components: the titanium implant, and the ceramic crown. After an initial consultation, where your measurements are taken, and your questions are answered, your dentist will set up a surgical appointment. During this procedure, the titanium implant is inserted into the jaw bone and allowed time to heal. Through a process known as osseointegration, the titanium implant fuses with your jaw bone, forming a bond functionally similar to a natural tooth root. After the healing process, a ceramic crown is constructed in a lab, and then is attached to your implant.
The results of this procedure is an artificial tooth that functions much like your natural teeth. Dental implants require no special cleaning, and come with no risk of falling out. The procedure itself carries a 98 percent success rate, and if you take care of them properly, they can last a lifetime.
While basic dentures, dental bridges, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures may work for some patients, dental implants have proven to be the better option as they provide more support for the jaw. Contact our experts in implant dentistry today; Dr. Dunayer’s Rockland County dentist office by calling (845) 627-7645.