Until recently, dentures were considered the treatment of choice to replace missing or failing teeth. Today, though, there is a better alternative. While dentures rest on the gums and are prone to slipping and pinching, dental implants replace the tooth roots, providing a stable and secure base for high quality replacement teeth. Here are 5 benefits of dental implants.
Dentures are less costly up front, but dental implants become the less expensive solution when amortized over a lifetime. Dentures must be relined every year and replaced every 5 to 10 years, while dental implants can easily last for the rest of your life with proper care. We can bring down costs with implant-supported dentures, which use just 2 to 4 implants to stabilize a removable full denture.
Although today’s dentures are highly aesthetic, they tend to shift and move when chewing, laughing, or talking. A partial denture is attached with a clasp that can easily show, and a full upper denture has a palate made of hard plastic. For these reasons, dental implants are the more aesthetic choice.
Dentures are supported on the gums, and they are prone to uncomfortable rubbing, slipping, and pinching. Eating crunchy, chewy, or tough foods can easily worsen these issues. Dental implants replace tooth roots, fusing with the jawbone to create a secure, stable base that vastly increases comfort.
Strength and Stability
Denture wearers often complain that it is difficult or impossible to eat foods such as corn on the cob, steak, and taffy. This is largely because only about 25 percent of the natural bite strength is restored. Dental implants restore more than 90 percent of the bite strength, allowing wearers to enjoy their favorite foods.
Future Oral Health
When teeth are lost, the gum tissues and jawbone begin to be resorbed by the body. This can give denture wearers a prematurely aged, wrinkled, and sunken appearance. Even the best-made dentures tend to become loose over time due to this natural process.
In addition, dentures can cause chronic inflammation and sores in the mouth. Not only can these make the dentures feel uncomfortable, but they can increase your risk for gum disease. Dental implants replace tooth roots, reversing the resorption process. They also anchor the replacement teeth into the mouth, reducing the risks associated with slippage and rubbing.
Ready to Get Started?
If you are ready to start your journey to oral health with a caring and sophisticated dental office that blends the latest technology with a dedication to patient comfort, contact 376 Dental Studio today at 781-373-3068 to schedule your first appointment.