Why should I get dental implants instead of dentures
Missing teeth is one of the most common dental problems in older adults. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, more than 70 percent of adults over the age of 35 are missing one or more of their teeth. A missing tooth may be a source of embarrassment and may cause difficulty with eating, speaking and smiling. Fortunately, today’s dental implants offer a permanent solution to the problem of tooth loss.
Dental implants are a more comfortable option compared to dentures. Implants are permanently placed in the mouth. There is no need for messy adhesives. The implants will not slip and slide around while eating or talking. As the jaw bone degrades with age, dentures can lose their fit and require relining or even replacement by a dentist every few years.
Thanks to recent technological advances in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants can be made to look just like your natural teeth. The implants are designed by cosmetic dentistry specialists to have the same color as your teeth so they blend right into your mouth. Dentures can become scratched by abrasive cleaners and the pink portion of the denture can become bleached white, making these dental appliances obvious to others. A dental implant also helps maintain the health and shape of your jaw bone, which provides the contours and shaping of your face.
A dental implant is cleaned just like the rest of your teeth.
You can continue to use your favorite floss, toothpaste and mouthwash. With dentures, you’ll need to take them out every night and clean them with a special cleanser. The dentures may also need to be soaked on a regular basis. Improper denture maintenance can result in oral infections and promote cavities in your remaining natural teeth.
A dental implant can last for 20 years or longer with proper care. A denture, on the other hand, needs to be relined every year or two and requires full replacement every 5 to 7 years as a result of wear and tear and the changing configuration of your jaw bone.
A dental implant is not just a solution for people missing a single tooth. They can also be used in people missing multiple teeth. An experienced implant dentist can help determine whether you are a candidate for dental implant surgery.