Which One Is Better? What Constitutes “Better” In This Scenario?Are dental implants better than dentures? It isn’t really a case of dental implants being better than dentures. It’s just that dental implants have way more going for them than dentures do. For example: dentures can come loose when you eat. Dental implants are surgically inserted into your jaw at our Thousand Oaks dental practice by Dr. Curtis Couch. These are a permanent solution to a missing tooth. Aren’t dentures cheaper? The short-term answer is yes, dentures are cheaper. But you’ll have to replace them every 5-10 years. Dental implants are permanent, they are a cost-effective and long-term solution because you don’t have to keep coming back to get new ones. Dental implants are also better for your health than dentures. Implant dentistry is a comprehensive treatment that looks after your teeth, gums and jaws.
Implant Dentistry Is Better For Your Health…This is really where dental implants outshine dentures. A dental implant replaces the tooth root and the prosthetic tooth attachment replaces the natural tooth. Whereas dentures only replace the teeth. Replacing missing teeth is important because failing to do so can cause a number of health issues. But there’s obviously more to a tooth than just what appears above the gum line. So while dentures may be effective in replacing the visible part of the tooth (the crown) they ignore the root below the gum line. Implants are also better for your taste buds. How? Most of our taste buds are on the roof of the mouth, not on the tongue. Upper dentures on the other hand can cover the roof of the mouth resulting in loss of your natural ability to taste. They will however, allow you to chew with the same force as a natural tooth. Looking after dental implants is easier than looking after dentures because they mimic the natural tooth. Looking after a dental implant is just like looking after your tooth—brushing and flossing twice a day, watching what you eat and drink and regular dental checkups.
Avoid Bone Loss, Get Implant Dentistry…Did you know that a tooth was necessary for the facial bone development? The chewing force of a natural tooth is vital for the maintenance of volume and density. That is why we replace a missing tooth with a dental implant. With the insertion of a dental implant the chewing forces are transmitted to the bone that stimulates bone growth as well as maintaining volume and density. Tooth loss causes shrinkage of the supporting jawbone and eventually leads to atrophic facial bone and collapse of overlying muscle and skin. Not only does a dental implant serve as anchor for a prosthetic tooth, it also serves as one of the best preventative procedures in dentistry.
Do you know how quickly bone loss happens?Scientists have found that bone loss happens inside the first year after tooth loss. So why get dentures or bridges that aren’t affixed to implants. This is an important point. You can get bridges or dentures attached to your implants. But just getting bridges or dentures without considering the health of the jaw is certainly not recommend for optimal oral health. In fact we would argue that there really is no other answer to missing teeth other than dental implants.
Why You’ll Want Implant Dentistry to Replace a Missing Tooth…If you don’t treat a missing tooth, it will only cause significant bone loss and complications which will leave you with needing a bone graft. Some of the benefits of dental implants:
- Maintaining facial bone:
- Normal chewing ability:
- Improved speech: No bulky dentures mean that there’s nothing to impede your speech.
- Improved esthetics: Through preventing bone loss, implant procedures improve facial esthetics.