Traditional dentures and bridges have been the standard in replacing missing teeth for generations, but a new technology emerged in the 1960s that allowed dentists to create an artificial root for false teeth called a dental implant. Dental implants are artificial roots made of titanium, a metal that allows the bone to heal around it, that false teeth or dentures can be affixed to. If you already wear dentures or a bridge, is it worth it for you to replace your old dentures with dental implants? Well, that depends. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of dental implants and help you to figure out if dental implants are right for you.
Common Problems with Dentures
Dentures can cause sore gums, they can make chewing and talking difficult, and the adhesives that hold them in place can fail at the most inopportune times. But the most serious complication that accompanies dentures is the loss of bone in the jaw. Chewing with your natural teeth helps to keep the bone structure of your jaw healthy, but without the roots to interact with the bone in your jaw, the bone will gradually deteriorate. Severe cases of jawbone deterioration can lead to changes in the shape of your face and smile.
Benefits of Implants Over Dentures
Implants don’t require adhesives, any soreness associated with implants goes away within a few days of surgery, there are no issues with chewing or speaking, and the implants provide an artificial root that can help your jawbone maintain its structural integrity. Implants look and feel like your original teeth, so you care for them like regular teeth. There is no need for soaking, special cleaning solutions, or regularly removing them from your mouth. Implants are more expensive than dentures initially, but last a lifetime and generally never need to be replaced.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The short answer… probably. In the past, many have opted for dentures over dental implants because they didn’t have enough jawbone remaining to anchor the implants into, but new technologies have made getting dental implants a more viable option for more people. Mini implants and/or bone grafting have made it so more people than ever can get dental implants. The best thing to do if you’re interested in dental implants is to make an appointment and ask your dentist what your options are.
If you are interested in replacing your dentures with dental implants, or you’re currently trying to make the decision between dentures and dental implants, make an appointment at Aesthetic Family Dentistry to speak with one of our knowledgeable dentists to discuss what your options are, and what the best option for you is. Contact us at our Port Jervis office to schedule an appointment by calling (845) 209-2500 or by clicking here.