Replacing missing teeth improves your self-esteem, your speech, your oral health, and even your overall health (by chewing more thoroughly and improving your digestion). The question isn’t whether or not you should replace your teeth, but rather, which option is better for you? Dental implants and dentures both replace missing teeth, but dental implants provide a few more advantages.
Below, Dr. Constantina Bacopoulou shares four reasons to choose dental implants over dentures.
Dental implants aren’t removable. Each implant contains a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jaw bone. Because titanium is biocompatible, your post and your bone can fuse together. This fusion 一 which happens in a process called osseointegration 一 is what makes dental implants so strong. While dentures rely on suction and adhesive to stay put, your dental implants are permanently fused to your bone.
Although you may require more up-front steps preparing for an implant 一 especially if you need an extraction and/or any bone grafts 一 dental implants are more convenient in the long run. There’s no need to fuss with messy denture adhesive nor is there any nightly soaking required.
To keep your dental implants healthy, you continue to brush and floss as you would your natural teeth 一 easy indeed! Keep these tips in mind when brushing your implants:
Not sure which floss or toothpaste you need? We can recommend the right oral care products based on your specific oral health needs and what type of implant you have.
Did you know that the roots of your teeth stimulate your jawbone to grow? Each root sends signals that keep your jawbone growing, but if your teeth are missing, your jawbone doesn't receive that stimulus. This can cause jawbone atrophy (bone loss) over time. Dentures won’t stimulate your jawbone, and this is a main reason why you need denture adjustments over time. As your jawbone decreases, your dentures may not fit as well.
On the other hand, dental implants do stimulate your jawbone and prevent jawbone atrophy.
Dentures are removable prosthetics, and due to their removable nature, they can slip and slide and become uncomfortable. Over time, you may need to adjust or reline your dentures to ensure a proper fit and keep them from rubbing sores in your mouth. On the other hand, implants are beautiful and comfortable. There’s no hard palette (like with dentures), and there’s nothing to rub or cause sores. Implants function much like your natural teeth, and they feel like that too.
Not sure if dental implants are right for you? There are many different types of dental implants, and Dr. Bacopoulou can discuss all of your options with you. Here at Carnegie Dental Wellness, we offer:
To learn more about your restoration options and explore the possibilities of dental implants, schedule a dental implant consultation through our online booking system today.