For the longest time, dentures were the go to treatment for restoring a full arch of missing teeth. This is quickly beginning to change as more and more of our patients suffering from missing teeth are choosing to go with dental implants for their teeth restoration treatment. This is primarily because only dental implants are capable of providing a permanent solution for missing teeth that is comfortable and stable. Today, Dr. Seth Larson is blogging from Prescott Valley, AZ to talk about all the benefits of dental implants that make them a great alternative to dentures.
What sets dental implants apart from dentures is the fact that implants are permanent once in place. This is made possible because the dental implant fixture is directly fused to the jawbone by a process called osseointegration. Dental implants are made from titanium, a metal that the body does not recognize as a foreign material. Because of this, your jawbone and gums will actually accept your implant as a natural part of your anatomy. Each implant is also covered in small holes and ridges that your jawbone and gums will thread themselves through, pulling the implant permanently into place. This allows your dental implants to work and feel just like your natural teeth.
Dental implants receive many benefits from osseointegration that cannot be matched by dentures. For instance, once the healing process is complete, your implants will never get loose or move out of place. Dentures, on the other hand, can require a messy adhesive to stay put on your gums, and even then they are prone to get loose. With dentures, not only will you have to buy those adhesives, you will also have to buy an additional cleaning solution, which you will have to soak your dentures in throughout the night. Your dental implants will require nothing more than your normal brushing and flossing to stay healthy for a lifetime. Even with all of the additional care required by dentures, they will still need to be replaced about every 7 years.
One last benefit exclusive to dental implants we are going to cover this post is the fact that only implants can prevent bone loss and gum recession. What many people don’t realize is that when you lose a tooth, your jawbone and gums are no longer getting the exercise they need to stay healthy. Because dental implants are no different functionally than natural teeth, they are able to make sure that these areas get the exercise they need.
As you can see from the information above, dental implants are simply able to provide a better treatment for missing teeth than dentures. However, this doesn’t completely remove dentures as a viable teeth restoration treatment. Dental implant can actually be used to support dentures, providing another possible treatment option for our current and prospective patients. If you would like to find out whether or not you might be a good candidate for treatment with dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Seth Larson today. We look forward to helping you restore your beautiful smile soon!