If you want to restore your smile due to extensive tooth loss, you have an essential decision. Will you choose conventional dentures? Will you choose tooth implants? There is really no contest when you consider the advantages of implants.
Let’s compare conventional removable dentures and tooth implants.
Dentures sit right on the gums. An adhesive is used to help maintain the daily fit A permanent dental 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 natural 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. Dental 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 important than speaking, eating, and tasting? What is your jawbone worth?
This is a huge advantage but relatively lesser known to men and women 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 shrinking. 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 tooth implants are anchored securely in the jawbone, they don’t restrict speech at all.
Do you want to be able to speak easily?
Dentures require one to forego certain foods. Sticky or hard foods are challenging 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 commonly have to give up steak, raw vegetables, popcorn, shelled nuts, sticky candy, and peanut butter. Implants renew one’s confidence in chewing any variety of food.
What foods do you want to give up?
We hope you have learned something about the critical choice you have when considering tooth replacement options. If you want to learn more about the advantages of dental implants, schedule a consultation today.
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Daly City, California