The Top 5 Reasons Patients Prefer Implants over Dentures
Dental Implants are revolutionizing the way we are replacing missing teeth in our Edgewater office. Implant teeth consist of three parts: a titanium post, a connector, and a crown. The post is the actual implant which is screwed into the jawbone below the gum line. The crown is the visible part of the replacement tooth. Multiple crowns and full arches can be supported by two, four, or more implants.
Read on for the top 5 reasons dental implants are the preferred denture alternative by both our Edgewater dentists and our patients.
#1 NO SHIFTING OR LOOSE-FITTING DENTURES
Titanium is the metal of choice in dental implants which has two characteristics that make it the most ideal fit. Titanium is biocompatible with living bone and has a very unique ability to fuse with the jaw bone. Titanium is also one of the most durable and rust proof metals known to man. Since dental implants have a similar solid attachment to the jawbone as the roots of natural teeth, your new implant teeth will never slip or shift like dentures do but remain secure and immovable.
#2 LONGEVITY OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
No other teeth replacement method provides the stability that results once an implant fuses with bone. This advantage makes dental implants the most valuable option long-term. Stable and permanent, unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants should not need to be replaced or remade over time. In fact, with proper care, they should last a lifetime.
#3 NO DIETARY RESTRICTIONS
Once we’ve confirmed that your new implant has fully fused with your jawbone, we’ll give you the green light to eat anything you like. Osseointegration stabilizes the implant, making it as strong and stable as your natural teeth. Because your new implants are stable and don’t slip like bridges or dentures you can go back to everything from steak to chewy candy.
#4 DENTAL IMPLANTS IMPROVE OVERALL HEALTH
Our bones need stimulation to thrive and the natural tooth’s root provides that activity for the jawbone. When the tooth has been lost, so has its supporting root which causes the jawbone to degenerate even as teeth are replaced by dentures. The sunken look that we often associate with tooth loss, dentures and old age is actually caused by the shrinking jawbone. Fortunately, dental implants keep the bone structure healthy and whole by providing a prosthetic root for the tooth replacement that sits on top. Poor fitting dentures can cause sores and blisters as they slip and slide around in the mouth. Aside from causing discomfort these sores can result in serious infections and have been linked to oral cancer.
#5 DENTAL IMPLANTS ACT LIKE NATURAL TEETH
Perhaps most importantly, just as natural teeth have roots that serve as anchors, the fact that the screws of dental implants completely fuse with the bone allows implants to feel and function like your natural teeth. The resemblance is so similar that many of our patients can’t remember which of their teeth are dental implants. Indeed, dental implants are a game changer, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile and laugh with complete confidence.
If you are interested in dental implants or have been having difficulty with your current dentures we would love for you to visit us at Edgewater Dental.