Kenmore Dentist Dr Rachel Hall explains the advantages of dental implants compared to dentures to replace missing teeth and improve your smile.
Traditional dentures are reliable tooth replacements. For centuries, people with missing teeth have depended on dentures for chewing and smiling. Dental implants are a relatively “new” treatment that has been used to successfully replace missing teeth for over 40 years.
If you need to replace one or more missing teeth, you have a few good reasons to think about getting one of today’s modern dental implants instead of a removable full or partial denture.
When you compare dentures with implants, which look better? Both can be made to appear very natural. Implants, however, have an advantage when it comes to good looks and enhancing your smile.
Dentures can often be seen in your mouth as there are metal wires and clips used to hold them in place as they ‘grip’ around your remaining teeth and if someone is looking closely these can be quite noticeable. Implants, however, are virtually undetectable and look incredibly natural.
Implants are metal “roots” that stay seated snugly below the gums. They’re topped off with a lifelike ceramic restoration like a dental crown or bridge. The metal part of the implant is completely hidden. Only the natural-looking restoration is visible, so no one ever has to know that it’s not a “real” tooth.
You can chew a wide variety of foods even if you have dentures, but it may take a little practice to become proficient. With dentures, biting pressure is greatly reduced and some foods can cause your denture to move or even come out of place and because of this, there will always be some foods you’ll have to cut up (or even avoid) if you want to eat them with a removable denture, such as:
● Tough breads and rolls
Dental implants on the other hand, have a solid anchor in the bone. This makes them just about as strong as a natural tooth when it comes to chewing food. An implant can handle almost anything natural teeth can.
Probably the biggest reason people don’t like dentures is the fact that they can rock and slip around or even fall down. A well-fitted denture shouldn’t cause you any trouble. But you could suffer from the constant fear of what would happen if you sneezed at a party!
Once an implant is in place, it won’t go anywhere. There’s no need for any denture adhesives, either.
There is one more added benefit of implants that you may not be aware of. That’s their potential to preserve the shape of your smile.
Traditional dentures rest directly on top of gum tissue and unlike a tooth it does not stimulate the bone to be strong when you chew and over time, this lack of stimulation can cause the bone in your jaw to shrink away and make your smile look shorter and sunken in.
Because implants are set inside the bone, they can help stimulate it to keep growing much like natural tooth roots do. It can actually be good for the bone in your jaw when you bite down on your implant to chew food. Your lips and cheeks are supported as a result preventing you from looking aged.
Although dental implants have several advantages over traditional dentures, they aren’t automatically an option for everyone. Some people will do better with dentures because of their individual circumstances and preferences but in most cases a dental implant can be placed to provide you with a natural-looking strong ‘tooth’ again.
There are certain dental and overall health requirements you must meet in order to qualify for a dental implant procedure. Dr Rachel Kenmore dentist will be able to help you in determining which tooth replacement option is right for you.