If you are missing one or more teeth, you might be weighing your decision between dental implants and dentures. Dental implants are definitely the best tooth replacement option, far superior to dentures.
Here’s what makes them a much better way to replace your teeth.
1. Implants Never Fall Out
Dentures aren’t very secure in your mouth. They basically just sit on top of your gums and are held in place with suction. While this can be a strong force, it’s also easily disrupted, especially if dentures don’t fit exactly perfectly, or if food gets under the denture.
When this happens, dentures will slide around the mouth and can easily be dislodged. Then they can fall out of your mouth when you talk or laugh. Even if they don’t fall out, they’re likely to hit together making a clicking sound.
Dental implants are secured in your jawbone, just like natural teeth. They won’t fall out, giving you the freedom to just enjoy good food and good company.
2. Eat All the Foods You Love
Dentures just aren’t as good for chewing as natural teeth. That means that you have to give up many of your favorite foods when you get dentures. Steak, corn on the cob, and crusty bread can all be a challenge for people with dentures. Anything with nuts or seeds or that will break into small pieces can also be a problem for denture wearers.
With dental implants, you can continue to enjoy all the foods you ate with a full set of healthy natural teeth. If you’ve given up foods over the years because of poor dental health, you can look forward to enjoying those foods again.
3. Enjoy Easy Maintenance
Dentures can be a bit of a pain to clean. You start with brushing them every night before bed. And you have to remember to brush your gums under the dentures. Then remember to put your dentures in to soak overnight. Oh, and don’t forget to clean your dentures after every meal to help maintain the seal and keep them from smelling.
With dental implants, all you have to do is treat them like natural teeth. Brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly. This also means you never have to feel embarrassed about removing your dentures and sleeping with no teeth. Instead, your tooth replacements will stay put in your mouth 24/7. This makes traveling easier and getting into a new relationship far less embarrassing.
4. Look Younger for Longer
We’ve talked about rejuvenating your appearance with a non-surgical facelift. That’s because your face loses volume in the teeth and the jawbone as you get older. Dentures can speed up this process.
But with dental implants, you can maintain the volume in your lower face. This can reduce the wrinkles and folds around your mouth, including nasolabial folds, lipstick lines, and the crease at the sides of your mouth. It can also improve the appearance of jowls and turkey neck.
The dental implants stimulate the jaw bone so that bone resorption doesn’t occur. Bone resorption is what leads to the appearance of wrinkles, sagging skin, and other early signs of aging on the face.
Perhaps the best benefit of dental implants is that they can be essentially permanent. Dentures wear out fairly quickly, but dental implants can last a lifetime. Many studies show implants lasting up to 30 years with only minor repairs and adjustments. Some people have had implants for 50 years! Although dental implants have a higher cost than dentures alone, the benefits far outweigh the cost. Your dental implants will likely last you longer than some of your cars, and you will get far more use from them.
6. A More Natural-Looking Smile
Another reason why implants are better than dentures is that the results tend to look more natural—at least in the case of cheap dentures. If you’re transitioning from cheap economy dentures to implant-supported dentures, you’re going to notice a huge shift. Our Rochester dentist custom designs each pair of dentures to complement your face and your smile. This means you won’t have a pair that’s too large for your face or a pair that’s colored incorrectly. Your dentures will look perfect for your facial shape and with the support of the implants, it will look entirely natural. Never have to worry that someone thinks you’re wearing dentures again.
7. No Pain
Another major benefit of dental implants is that they won’t cause you any pain. Typically, dentures apply all pressure to your gums when you chew. When you support your dentures or bridge with dental implants, it applies pressure to your jaw bone like natural teeth. This results in a pain-free experience every day. Never have to worry about denture sores again! Enjoy a higher quality of life with dental implants.
Are Implants Best for You?
If you are considering dental implants as an option for missing teeth and live in the Detroit area, we can help. Please call (248) 656-2020 today for an appointment with an implant dentist at Rochester Advanced Dentistry.