For centuries, dentures were the standard option to replace failing or missing teeth. Today though, there is a better treatment choice. Dental implants have become the new gold standard, and for good reason. While dentures sit on the gums and are prone to slipping or pinching, dental implants replace the tooth roots, reversing jawbone loss and providing a stable foundation for high quality tooth replacements. Here are the top 5 benefits of dental implants.
It is true that dentures are less expensive initially, but when amortized over a lifetime, dental implants are far less costly. Dentures last only around 10 years, and they must be relined annually. With proper care, dental implants can last for the rest of your life. If you are concerned about out of pocket costs, we can stabilize your existing upper or lower denture with just 2 to 4 implants.
Modern high-end dentures can be highly aesthetic, but they may shift when talking, laughing, or chewing. A partial denture has a metal clasp or precision attachment that may show when you open your mouth, while a full upper denture covers your palate with hard, slick plastic. Dental implants have none of these issues, making them the best aesthetic choice.
Even the best-fitted dentures can slip, leading to pinching or rubbing of the sensitive gum tissues. These issues are worsened by chewy, crunchy, or tough foods. You may feel discomfort or outright pain, and you may limit your diet accordingly. Dental implants fuse with the jawbone, allowing you to comfortably eat your favorite foods.
Strength and Stability
Supported only by the gums, dentures restore approximately 25% of original bite strength. This can make it impossible to eat foods such as steak and corn on the cob. Dental implants replace more than 90% of original bite strength, making it easy to eat a varied diet.
Future Oral Health
When teeth are removed, the body begins a natural process of resorbing the gum tissue and jawbone. Over time, this can lead to wrinkles, a sunken appearance, and other signs of premature aging. Dentures will also become loose and uncomfortable.
The constant shifting and rubbing of dentures increase your risk for chronic sores and inflammation, as well as gum disease. Since dental implants are stable, they remedy these common problems.
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