The pain of a missing tooth can happen for many reasons, either because of illness or trauma. Replacement is essential. Dental implants are a fantastic alternative to missing teeth. Traditional dentures can be awkward, difficult to clean, and discolored over time.
While dental implants might be the best solution for some, is it the right choice for you? You have to consider cost, pain, and recovery times. The experienced cosmetic dentists at Allure Dental can help you decide which dental treatment suits your situation. Read to learn the benefits of dental implants over traditional dentures.
What’s Dental Implant?
Dental implants are replacements for missing teeth. They can be used to replace one or more teeth, or they can be used to support dentures.
Dental implants are posts made from titanium that are placed in the jawbone. The post is usually inserted under local anesthesia and fuses with the jawbone over time. Once the implant is secure, a denture is placed on top to restore the tooth’s appearance and function.
What’s a Traditional Denture?
A traditional denture is a removable appliance that fits over the gums and replaces missing teeth. It can be attached to implants, which are surgically placed in the jawbone, or it can be held in place by the natural gum tissue.
The types of dentures available include:
- Complete dentures: They replace all of your teeth. They are custom-made to fit the gum on top or bottom and are kept in place with suction and an oral adhesive.
- Partial dentures: They replace some of your teeth. They’re less expensive than complete ones. You can get a removable or a fixed partial denture to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth in your upper or lower jaw. A variety of partial denture options are available. Dentists evaluate patients’ situations and recommend the best course of action, but the patient decides.
Dentures are from plastic, metal, and porcelain, which can create a lot of discomfort in your mouth. This discomfort can become even more pronounced as you eat different foods.
Dental implants feel more like your natural teeth. They don’t slip, slide or move around as you eat and talk. And because the implant is anchored in place by its root, it doesn’t rely on neighboring teeth for support. It provides a strong foundation for chewing and speaking. It also means you won’t have to worry about your dental implant falling out or becoming loose.
Dental implants are also a great way to improve your gum health. Traditional dentures can cause gum recession, leading to infection or other problems. With dental implants, your gums stay healthy because they’re anchored in place by the implant itself.
Preserve Bone Strength
Traditional dentures don’t have the same benefits as dental implants because they don’t preserve bone strength. When you use traditional dentures, you lose bone density as your teeth are no longer connected to the jawbone. It can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, which are unhealthy for your mouth and overall health.
With dental implants, however, the implant itself acts as an anchor. It stabilizes the surrounding bone tissue so that it doesn’t continue to deteriorate from loss of support from neighboring teeth.
Traditional dentures can be bulky and unattractive, making it difficult to smile confidently or enjoy eating food. Dental implants look like real teeth made of metal alloys or porcelain crowns that match your natural coloration. They’re also removable, so brush them when you clean your other teeth!
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth, while dentures are only temporary. You can enjoy your smile’s natural, healthy look with our dental implants.
With traditional dentures, you must remove them before brushing your teeth and soak them overnight in a special solution. You must take time out of your daily schedule to perform those tasks.
With dental implants, however, you can brush normally and go about your day. You don’t have to worry about taking time out of your schedule or remembering when to do certain things with your mouth.
Better Oral Health
Dental implants support your natural teeth to stay healthy for longer than if just being held in place by denture adhesive alone. There’s less chance of gum disease developing around your mouth and fewer instances where your gums might pull away from their roots due to insufficient support underneath them.
Although dental implants and dentures can fulfill different purposes in your oral health, the benefits of dental implants far outweigh the benefits of traditional dentures. Dental implants treat tooth loss with long-lasting stability, function, and a natural-looking look.