Why Dental Implants Are Better Than Dentures
If you have teeth that have been permanently lost, or have been pulled because of damage, it’s important that they be replaced. For many years, the only option our patients had for replacing teeth were dentures or partial dentures. And while they did their job of restoring a normal smile to our patients, dentures aren’t always the most comfortable or practical option for many of our patients today. Dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred option for replacing missing teeth. They provide a host of benefits to your smile both cosmetically and from the oral health perspective.
What is the Difference Between Dentures and Dental Implants?
To better understand why implants are a better option than dentures, it’s helpful to know what each option is. Dental implants use a titanium or zirconium post that is implanted into the jaw bone. To this post, a bridge or crown is placed, giving a natural looking tooth replacement. Dentures are a removable piece of dental hardware that are designed to look like both teeth and gums. If all of your teeth have been removed, you may have a full set of dentures. If only a few teeth are removed, you may have a partial set of dentures.
Why Are Implants a Better Option?
While both dentures and dental implants are used in dentistry today, there are some distinct differences that make implants a better option for many patients. Here are some ways that implants are better for your smile, long-term.
- Permanent and Durable. Implants provide a permanent solution to missing teeth. Because the implant is fused to the jawbone, and a crown or partial is attached to the implant, the result is teeth that look and feel more natural. The attachment to the jaw makes your new tooth or teeth very strong, and when cared for correctly, can last a lifetime.
- Better Performance and Function. We’ve all seen and heard about the challenges of dentures. They slip, move around, and come out, sometimes when it’s less than ideal. This removability has some benefits, but in the long run, dentures can impact chewing, speech and soft tissue health. With implants, you don’t have to worry about your teeth coming out, and because they are shaped and fitted to match the rest of your teeth, chewing is easy and you don’t have to worry about how you sound when you talk.
- Better Hygiene. Dental implants are just like your teeth. You can brush them and floss them like you normally do. You don’t have to remove them to clean them. Dentures must be removed for brushing. They also require special soaks, softer brushes and special toothpaste that won’t cause scratching or damage. With implants, you can go on with life, with no changes to your dental health routine.
- Prevent Bone Loss. If you’ve ever seen an older person who has had dentures for many years, it’s easy to notice the sunken look of their face. This occurs because the loss of teeth in the jaw causes the jaw to deteriorate and bone to stop growing. Dental implants are set in the jaw, giving the bone extra support. Implants not only are more convenient and look more natural, but they also are better for the bone structures of your face and jaw.
While dentures are still the best option for many of our patients, dental implants are our preference for replacing missing teeth. Not only do they give you a natural and comfortable smile, but they also protect your bones and provide a better overall oral health outcome.
If you have missing teeth and are ready to have a beautiful smile again, Dr. Paul Mansky would love to help you find the right solution for a new smile. We provide both dentures and implants and will work with you to find the best fit for your smile, your lifestyle and your budget. To schedule a dental implant consultation at our Troy Dental Office, call us today at (248) 689-5508.