Dental implants offer superior benefits over dentures for the replacement of missing teeth. While the most recognized advantages include improved chewing function and bone health, the security of dental implants lead to other important positive changes in confidence and self-esteem.
Dentures Compared to Dental Implants
- Dentures are generally held into place with adhesives and are not anchored. They tend to slip and shift, which negatively impacts normal activities such as chewing and talking. Conversely, dental implants are securely placed due to the fact that the posts are fused with the jaw bone to provide maximum stability.
- Dental implants are made of biocompatible materials, allowing the posts to integrate with the jaw bone and mimic the function of your tooth root while dentures are comprised of acrylic, plastic, and cast metal. These materials may cause inflammation or sensitivity of your gum tissue.
- Dentures may only be used when replacing many missing teeth or all of your teeth. Dental implants, however, may be used to replace any number of missing teeth. Dental implants can restore one tooth, multiple missing teeth, or a full set.
- Dental implants can last a lifetime and do not require any care in addition to a regular good oral hygiene routine. When replacing missing teeth with dentures, the dentures may need to be replaced or refitted over time due to age or bone loss.
- The process of bone deterioration at the site of missing teeth is halted by the presence of dental implants. Choosing dentures instead of dental implants to replace your missing teeth will allow bone loss to continue.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants
Most patients with missing teeth will be fine candidates for dental implants. It is important to note that if bone loss due to missing teeth has already advanced, it may still be possible to have dental implants after undergoing bone grafts to increase jaw bone density. Dr. Cataldo can evaluate your teeth and medical history to help you determine if implants are right for you. Call today to schedule a consultation.