Why Replace Your Dentures With Dental Implants
Missing teeth can have a significantly detrimental effect on both the function and appearance of our mouths. People who are unhappy with their teeth try to avoid smiling and can be too nervous to eat – or even speak – in front of other people. For a long time, dentures where the go-to solution for replacing teeth that had either fallen out of their own accord, or needed to be extracted due to extensive decay or damage.
While they have improved in their design significantly over the last decade, an increasing number of patients are choosing to replace their current dentures with dental implants. So, what about implants is so much better than dentures? Let’s find out.
Secure and permanent.
One of the primary reasons that many patients are opting to switch to dental implants is because they offer a secure and permanent solution to missing teeth. Dentures are removable devices and although most wearers use adhesive paste when putting their dentures in place, they are still well known for moving around slightly when the patient eats, speaks, coughs and sneezes. They can also rub against the gum, causing discomfort and soreness.
Dental implants are a permanent solution, and rely on a process called osseointegration. This is where the titanium post used in the base of the implant naturally bonds with the patient’s jawbone, creating an extremely secure anchor for the visible portion of the tooth. Once the implant is in place, the patient can be confident that it will not move.
Restores full function
Patients who wear dentures often find themselves avoiding specific foods, such as tough meats or sticky candy, for fear of them making their false teeth move around or come out. The permanence of dental implants means that the patient can eat or drink whatever they want without ever having to worry that their teeth may come out!
The permanency and robustness of dental implants contribute to their position as arguably the most discreet type of dental restoration. The movement of dentures can make the wearer feel self-conscious and even embarrassed. Not only do implants do not move, but they can also be created in any shape, size or color, meaning that the patient can regain all of the functionality of a full set of perfect teeth without anyone needing to know that they aren’t natural.
Ease of cleaning
Cleaning dentures is relatively easy – but you need to take them out to do it! The dentures themselves are quite fragile, and so many patients choose to clean them over a folded towel or a sink full of water so that they don’t become damaged if dropped. You can also buy special cleaning tablets that go with your dentures into a glass of water overnight.
Looking after dental implants is a lot simpler. Because they are permanent and cannot be removed, you simply brush and floss them exactly the same way that you do your natural teeth. It’s that simple!
Over time, patients find that they need various parts of their dentures replaced due to natural wear and tear. However, if cared for properly, a set of dental implants should last you a lifetime.
If dentures are getting you down and you are ready to try and simpler, more secure and more convenient solution, our knowledgeable and friendly team will be happy to help you. If you would like to find out more about replacing your dentures with dental implants, or schedule a consultation with us at our modern, comfortable offices in Arlington, TX, get in touch today. We look forward to your call.