For years, traditional dentures were the most common tooth restoration, but they were far from perfect. They could even be very uncomfortable and awkward. While dentures have significantly improved over the years, dental implants are a better option for a lot of people. Here are the benefits of dental implants over dentures:
Benefit #1: You Have More Tooth Restoration Options with Implants
Dental implants are titanium posts put into your jawbone, so they can fuse. They are replacing tooth roots and there are a few different kinds of restorations that can go on top.
If you’re replacing individual teeth, we will most likely use either a dental bridge or a dental crown. If you’re missing multiple teeth or even a whole arch, implant-supported dentures might be best.
Benefit #2: Dental Implants Don’t Slip Around Like Dentures
Even with improvements, traditional dentures can slip around in your mouth when you speak or eat. Strong adhesive can help stabilize dentures, but because dental implants are fused to your jawbone, they don’t move at all.
Even if your dental implants are supporting dentures, those dentures are significantly more stable than traditional ones.
Benefit #3: Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
With traditional dentures, you don’t have replacement tooth roots. This leads to progressive bone loss over the years because your jaw isn’t provided with the stimulation of high-pressure, natural chewing. Bone loss changes the shape of your face, making you look significantly older. Because dental implants do replace tooth roots, they actually prevent bone loss.
Benefit #4: Many Implant-Supported Restorations Are Cared for Like Natural Teeth
With the exception of implant-supported dentures, the tooth restorations you get on top of implants are treated just like natural teeth. Traditional dentures need to be removed and cleaned, but restorations like crowns and bridges are treated like your natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants at Palos Heights Family Dental Right for You?
Most people are candidates for dental implants, but we won’t know until we take a look at your specific case. If you’re missing teeth and are curious about dental implants and restorations, contact us to schedule a consultation!
Dental restorations can improve your smile and oral health!