Should You Choose Dental Implants or Dentures for Your Missing Teeth?
Everyone with missing teeth is faced with a serious question: what type of tooth replacement option will they choose? There is no “correct” answer for everyone, but many people find that dental implants provide improved function and appearance over dentures. Here are a few ways implants outperform dentures.
Both implants and dentures can be costly, so it’s natural to expect them to last a long time. Unfortunately, dentures need to be replaced as often as every five years. This is because the shape of the jawbone changes after you lose teeth. As the shape of the jaw and gums change, dentures can become ill-fitting and require replacement.
Dental implants don’t have this problem because they actually prevent the jaw bone loss that occurs after tooth loss. They protect the jaw bone by providing it with the consistent stimulation it needs to remain healthy and dense. Implants don’t last forever, but they are known to function up to 20 years or longer before needing replacement. To experience the maximum longevity your implants can provide, take good care of them and see your dentist regularly.
It’s no secret that dentures can draw attention, especially if they slide around in your mouth. Implants, on the other hand, are securely attached to your jaw bone, which means they can’t slide around in the mouth and remain firmly in place. People won’t even be able to tell you have implants, which is an important benefit if you value your smile’s natural appearance.
Once implants heal, they generally feel very comfortable and natural. Unlike dentures that have to be literally stuck to the gums with special pastes, implants remain in the mouth and can’t be taken out (with the exception of implant-supported dentures).
If you want to learn more about the benefits of dental implants versus dentures, feel free to schedule an appointment with our respected dentist and friendly team at Nash Family Dentistry. To arrange an appointment with Drs. Kenneth or Jonathan Nash, call our practice today.