Missing teeth used to strictly be replaced with dentures, but today there are other options, including dental implants. Many people are choosing implants over dentures today because of
their vast benefits, including the fact that they are the next best thing to your natural teeth.
Don’t Worry about Being Embarrassed
Perhaps one of the most difficult things about dentures is their ability to slip from your mouth while eating or talking. This fact alone causes many people with dentures to stay isolated at home to avoid potential embarrassment. Dental implants do not have this risk as they are permanently adhered to your gums with titanium screws that do not allow slipping or any obvious clicking sounds. In fact, they look just as natural as your own teeth, making most people unaware that the teeth are not yours.
Avoid the “Old Person” Look
As you age and begin to lose teeth, your face can start to have a sunken in look. This is because your jaw bones eventually begin to wear away without the natural stimulation that teeth provide. Over time, you will experience bone loss in your mouth if you do not replace your missing teeth. This bone loss subsequently causes that “sunken in” look that is characteristic of aging. Implants help to prevent that bone loss by providing stimulation to the bone, allowing you to keep the structure of your face intact.
Implants are Comfortable
A common complaint of dentures is the discomfort that they cause. If the dentures are not a perfect fit, they can be painful all of the time or only when you are eating. They can also limit the food that you can eat because some foods might be too tough for the dentures to handle. Implants, on the other hand, are almost as strong as your natural teeth and are created to have a perfect fit, making it possible for you to be comfortable and eat what you want, just as you would with your natural teeth.
The debate regarding dentures vs implants will have a different outcome for each individual patient. If you are looking for an alternative that allows you to live just like you did with your natural teeth, dental implants might be the best choice for you. However, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Ask us today about these options and we will explore the best option for you.