If you want to restore your smile due to extensive tooth loss, you have a key decision. Will you choose conventional dentures? Will you choose tooth implants? There is really no contest when you consider the advantages of implants.
Dentures sit right on the gums. An adhesive is used to help maintain the daily fit A tooth implant is surgically fixed into the jawbone similar to one’s original teeth. Dentures fit like there is an obstruction in one’s mouth. Denture wearers say they feel bulky and uncomfortable. Implants feel and function like one’s real teeth.
Do you like the idea of putting adhesive in your mouth?
Dentures typically last 7 to 15 years. As discussed previously, as one’s jawbone changes shape, dentures need to be adjusted to fit. Tooth implants are fitted once. the longest lasting solution.
Do you want a long-lasting tooth replacement that preserves your oral health?
Dentures are the least costly solution. But you get what you pay for. Although dentures are less expensive they are prone to problems. Implants have a higher upfront cost but are cost effective due to the fact that they are more like one’s original teeth.
What is more vital than speaking, eating and tasting? What is your jawbone worth?
This is a huge advantage but relatively lesser known to individuals who don’t know much about dental implants. Dentures lead to bone loss over time. This deterioration of the bone changes the shape of one’s jawbone. Implants help stimulate the jawbone. This bone stimulation helps to keep the shape of the bone therefore maintaining one’s facial structure. This is one of the reasons denture wearers need to continually have their dentures relined. What is a reline? Relining is resurfacing the tissue side of a denture. Material is added to the appliance. Part of the reason that denture wearers need periodic relines is because their jawbone is diminishing. As it recedes, the shape of the jaw changes.
Do you want to replace your shrinking jawbone with acrylic?
Dentures often get in the way of one’s speech patterns. Especially if they move around in the mouth. Implants don’t interfere with speaking. Because dental implant procedures are anchored securely in the jawbone, they don’t hamper speech at all.
Do you want to be able to speak normally?
Dentures require one to forego certain foods. Sticky or hard foods are difficult or even impossible when chewing with dentures. It’s not only more difficult to chew these foods, you can’t get certain foods off the dentures after eating. Denture wearers frequently have to give up steak, raw vegetables, popcorn, shelled nuts, sticky candy, and peanut butter. Implants renew one’s confidence in chewing any kind of food.
What foods do you want to give up?
We hope you have learned something about the important choice you have when considering tooth replacement options. If you want to learn more about the advantages of dental implants, schedule a consultation today.