Implants vs Dentures
Dental Implants Vs. Dentures
Here at Lincoln Dental Care, we help many patients determine what the best options are for replacing lost or damaged teeth. In the past, dentures dominated replacement treatment options, but given recent advances in tooth replacement technology, it is not hard to see why dental implants are now considered the best tooth replacement option. Here are some comparisons between dentures and dental implants:
Superior Comfort And Convenience
When it comes to comfort and convenience, there is no real comparison between these two options. Dentures can move around in your mouth, pinch and quickly become uncomfortable when eating and speaking. Additionally, speech may be impacted, as well as confidence, due to fear of odor and denture movement. Convenience is also an issue because dentures need to be taken out for cleaning frequently and need to be replaced every 5-7 years. Other problems can also arise with denture use including; weakened bite strength and jawbone deterioration. In comparison, dental implants are permanently implanted in a patient’s mouth, thus eliminating many of the problems associated with dentures. Because they look and feel just like your natural teeth, dental implants allow a patient to resume all of their normal habits and restore proper health to a patient’s jawbone and muscles. Once again, a patient can eat and talk normally without fear of embarrassing movement or smell.
Restore Look And Function
Although dentures restore the most basic of functions to a patient’s bite, they still cannot measure up to the many benefits of dental implants. When a patient loses teeth, the spaces left can alter facial appearance and strength of their jaw. Muscles are weakened because the jaw can no longer bite down with full strength and gaps create a sunken facial appearance. Jawbone density is also reduced over time. Dentures can temporarily fix these issues, but do not offer a long term solution to stop the issues of jawbone density and muscle loss. In contrast, dental implants allow the jaw to receive the necessary daily strengthening exercise to stop bone and muscle deterioration. Filling gaps caused by lost teeth also restores fullness to facial appearance and prevents food and bacteria from getting trapped.
Simpler Dental Routine
Recommended care for dentures involves frequent brushing, use of adhesive creams, mouth fresheners and cleaning products. Even with these recommendations, dentures can still move, creating discomfort and making your speach difficult to understand. Eating is also a problem when patients are concerned about bite strength and food particles getting trapped. Unlike dentures, dental implants need no extra cleaning and require no extra maintenance. You should still brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly.
Dentures used to be the best option for patients with missing teeth. However, despite restoration of basic tooth function, patients still had problems with bite stability and needed their dentures replaced every 5-7 years. Dental implants offer a durable alternative that never needs to be replaced if cared for properly. In a few simple visits, you can be fitted for a permanent dental implant. More importantly, your beautiful new implant/s will not move, pinch or slip, because they are permanently fused to your own jawbone. Patients could never get that kind of ease and security from dentures.
Come See Us Today At Lincoln Dental Care
Don’t wait another day to fix those annoying gaps in your smile. Dental implants offer a natural-looking alternative to dentures while helping you restore a healthy smile. Let our experienced doctors use their considerable expertise to craft the perfect dental implants for you. You don’t need to suffer from missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures anymore. To learn more about how dental implants can help you, call our Orange, CA office for a consultation today!