Dental implants and dentures are tooth replacement solutions, each with distinct advantages. Dentures are initially convenient and familiar. On the other hand, dental implants provide unparalleled health benefits, enhancing both smile aesthetics and function. Ultimately, dental implants have significantly improved our patients’ quality of life.
With proper oral care, teeth implants, in effect, can last a lifetime. Dentures, conversely, may need to be replaced due to wear or an ill fit caused by progressive bone loss.
We may implement the dental implant procedure in the replacement of one tooth, several teeth, or a full arch where dentures may only be used when many or all teeth are missing.
The titanium used for a tooth implant in the jawbone is a strong, biocompatible material. Denture components consist of acrylic, plastic, and a cast metal.
As soon as a tooth is lost, bone will begin to erode. Tooth implants incite blood flow and stimulate the bone, similar to the root of your natural teeth, preventing bone degradation. Dentures rest on the gums and do nothing to decrease the progression of bone loss. In actuality, choosing dentures increases bone loss over time.
The fact that dental implant systems, in lieu of dentures, preserve bone, alleviates another concern for patients. Bone density affects the structure of your face and if bone loss is allowed to continue, your facial structure may be affected. Most often this manifests in a sunken or hollow appearance.
Tooth implants integrate into the jawbone, creating an anchored foundation. Dentures, however, are not fixed and may shift position when eating or talking. This can be detrimental to nutrition and confident communication.