Dental Implants Over Dentures: Which Is Right For You?

Dental Implants Over Dentures: Which Is Right For You?As we get older, it becomes more and more difficult to maintain an excellent level of dental health. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove some natural teeth and seek a replacement.

Teeth can also be permanently damaged through trauma, such as an accidental fall or impact. In this case, there is often no way to rebuild a severely damaged tooth, which must be removed.

People are looking anew at dental implants for their permanent dental health restoration needs. Dental implants consist of a special implant that is anchored to the jawbone, providing the ability to implant realistic tooth replacements.

These tooth replacements not only look very similar to your original teeth, but have another major advantage: They simulate the same distribution of force that you are used to when taking a bite from food. This is critically important to ensuring the health of your remaining teeth.

Teeth are exposed to a great deal of wear and tear over time, so when teeth are missing, the other teeth around them will naturally be exposed to additional force. This can lead to cracking and weakening that might require more tooth removal.

Implants are typically the right approach for most people. However, dentures can be more cost effective in rare situations where all of the teeth need to be removed due to a major progressive gum disease or very serious trauma.

Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t typically bring with them any unusual maintenance requirements. On the other hand, dentures frequently need to be removed to be cleaned, and they may need to be replaced over time as the shape of the mouth changes.

Dentures are typically associated with older patients. However, they can be inconvenient for these very same patients. Cleaning your dentures may require you to use hand-eye coordination and dexterity not necessary in the typical process of brushing your teeth.

If dentures are dropped, they usually crack or shatter, requiring a replacement.

Getting a dental implant will require that you visit your dentist two or three times over a fairly long period of time in order to implant the “base” of the tooth replacement and ensure that it is healing correctly. However, this healing process tends to be brief, even for elders.

Want to discover more about dental implants? Call us at Island Dental Associates now.

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