Do you know someone who will be needing dentures in the future? Traditional removable dentures have been the go-to choice for replacing lost teeth for centuries. So, why would you choose dental implants instead?
Imagine you are eating at your favorite restaurant with your family, celebrating your birthday, perhaps. As you scan through the menu, you realize that your options have become severely limited by your unreliable dentures. If you choose that food, your dentures might slide out of place again—how embarrassing! If you choose this food, you might end up with sore gums again! You don’t want soup and mashed potatoes, but that may be your only option if you don’t want your dentures to ruin your meal.
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There are many reasons why patients choose dental implants; their dependability during social situations is just one of them. Doctors recommend implant-supported dentures for another reason.
Comfort and Oral Health
The main reason why dentists recommend implant dentures is because they preserve your oral health better. Traditional dentures are not attached to the jaw the way that natural teeth are, so they don’t function the same way. You have to learn a whole new way to chew and bite your food, since the pressure comes from the soft tissues of the mouth. The friction against the gums from ill-fitting dentures can lead to oral lesions and sores. This can be painful enough on its own, but it can also increase your risk of developing oral cancers. Dental implants are kinder to your mouth, and help you maintain healthy gum tissue.
Beyond the comfort factor, dental implants help you preserve bone mass in the jaw. When teeth are no longer present in the jaw, the body begins the slow process of re-absorbing minerals back into your system. The longer you go without teeth, the more the jaw seems to shrink. This is a slow process, but it is inevitable. Because dental implants function as prosthetic tooth roots, they prevent jawbone resorption. Your facial structure will stay the same for the rest of your life, and your dentures will always be a good fit.
Better Diet and Confidence
Implant dentures are your best option for security and stability. They snap into place over the implants and don’t come out until you decide to remove them for cleaning. You can eat all the same foods you ate with your natural teeth, and your diet can be as rich and nutritious as its ever been. This can have a profound impact on your enjoyment of life and confidence around others.
Patients who make a switch from traditional dentures to dental implants report positive changes to their quality of life. Implants let them live a more care-free, active lifestyle and enjoy the comfort and security of natural-feeling prosthetic teeth.
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Upfront Cost vs. Lifetime Cost
You may have heard that dental implants cost more than traditional dentures. This is true, but if you compare upfront costs to long-term costs—you’ll see that they are fairly comparable.
Why is this? When you choose traditional dentures, you are also choosing more trips to the dentist for oral health problems in the future. You will also need to have your dentures relined or replaced every couple of years. Jawbone resorption means your dentures will not fit as well after a few years, so keeping up with the changes is an ongoing hassle. Over the course of your life, the costs of constant maintenance to your dentures may be very close to the cost of dental implant surgery.
Dental implants, on the other hand, almost never need to be replaced. Once they have healed and fused with the jawbone, they are a permanent replacement for your natural tooth roots. As long as you take good care of your gums and implants with regular oral hygiene, they should last a lifetime!
Learn More About Dental Implants
Would you like to learn more about dental implants? Visit River Birch Dental of Centuria, WI and one of our doctors will explain the process and help you determine whether you are a good candidate for this treatment. Call us today at 715-646-2161 to make an appointment.