Benefits of Dental Implants Over Dentures
Dental implants are a modern solution for replacing missing teeth. This treatment uses small titanium rods to provide support for your replacement teeth. It is incredibly versatile, and can replace a single tooth, or an entire arch, offering you a unique alternative to traditional dentures. At Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center, we can place your dental implants. Getting dental implants require surgery for placement. The process is a bit more involved than traditional dentures, but it provides many significant benefits.
A More Realistic Appearance
Dentures have come a long way in regards to their appearance. They no longer look obviously fake like dentures just a few decades. Dentures today are made to look much more like your real teeth. Even the gums are made to mimic your natural gum tissue. Even so, they do not provide the most realistic restoration. Dental implants look exactly like your real teeth. You do not have a base covering your gums. Instead, the teeth are connected to the implant posts and your gum tissue forms around the crowns much like your natural teeth. The crowns are made from ceramic, a material that matches the color and light reflection properties of your natural teeth. No one will be able to tell the difference between your dental implants and your real teeth.
No Awkward Moments
Dentures are known for coming loose and slipping out of place. This can create embarrassing situations when you are eating, speaking, or even just smiling. With dental implants, there are no more awkward, embarrassing moments. Your teeth are affixed securely to the implant posts. They will not slip around, come loose, or fall out. You can eat, speak, and smile confidently.
When you are chewing or speaking, loose dentures can impact these functions. When your dentures are loose while eating, it can affect your ability to chew properly, which then impacts your digestion and your overall nutrition. If they come loose while you are talking, they can affect your speech, causing a lisp, whistle, or make it difficult for others to understand you. Dental implants function exactly like your real teeth. Because of this, your digestion and nutrition are improved and you can speak properly without having others asking you to repeat yourself.
Dentures rest on your gums. This puts pressure on tissue that was not designed to support the forces exerted on it. As a result, you can be left with discomfort and denture sores. With dental implants, your teeth are supported by the titanium posts that are in your jaw. This keeps pressure off of your gums.
Maintaining Your Implants is Easy
One of the biggest complaints about dentures is that they take a lot of effort to maintain. They need to be removed, brushed with a special paste, and soaked overnight while you are sleeping. Dental implants, on the other hand, are much easier to maintain. In fact, they can be brushed and flossed just like your real teeth.
Dental Implants Preserve the Integrity of Your Jawbone
Dental implants are the only replacement option that restores stimulation to your jawbone. The posts function just like your natural tooth roots. This restored stimulation lets your body know to send essential nutrients. As a result, the bone loss that follows tooth loss is stopped and prevented. This benefit also helps dental implants to remain a long-term solution for tooth loss. Where dentures need to be changed every few years to accommodate your changing jawbone, dental implants do not. Your jawbone remains strong and healthy.
Dental implants provide many significant benefits over traditional bridges. For more information, and to find out if dental implants are right for you, call Pacific Oral & Facial Surgery Center at 925-290-7727 today.