July 20, 2017
As we age, things in our mouth can change. For some of us, that means teeth will sometimes fail. Missing teeth are a terrible problem for your overall health and oral health. And you can imagine the physical and emotional trauma this can cause. Our Gillette dental team is here to treat any dental complications, from general dental care to extensive restorative treatments.
Today I want to discuss the difference between dentures and dental implants — two of dentists biggest tools when it comes to replacing missing teeth. By the end of this post, you’ll notice that not all tooth replacement options are created equal.
Living With Removable Dentures
Removable dentures are the most classic way to replace missing teeth. They have been used for hundreds of years in dentistry. Of course, we now have the most lifelike dentures ever! They look just like natural teeth and give you confidence whenever you smile. The big problem with any removable denture is the fit. Dentures rely on suction and fit to stay in the mouth. A great set of dentures should not move around while you speak or drink, but you might have difficulty eating crunchy, chewy, or tough foods.
People with removable dentures ultimately have a reduced biting force and have to worry about their teeth sliding around while they eat. Additionally, when the teeth are lost, the jawbone will begin to recede. As the jawbone recedes, it becomes harder to keep a good denture fit. This can lead to constant relining or possibly dentures being warped.
Life With Dental Implants
Dental implants are by far the strongest tooth replacement option on the market. They are durable, strong and act as the root of the tooth — so they are nearly equal as strong as your natural teeth. Once the implant is placed and healed, we can restore them with either crowns, bridges, or even dentures.
One thing I love to tell my patients about dental implants is that the surgery is highly successful. We estimate that dental implant placement is successful about 98 percent of the time. The best part is that dental implants can last a lifetime with proper maintenance and care.
We prefer dental implants to replace missing teeth because they allow you to eat whatever you want again. As lifelike as dentures can be, they cannot match the power of your natural teeth. And the problem only gets worse the longer you have dentures. You can imagine the food limitations. Many of the patients I meet with removable dentures, tell me they often avoid steak, crunchy fruits and vegetables, and any chewy foods. With dental implants, all of your favorite foods are back on the menu.
No More Missing Teeth!
At Synergy Dental Center, we have a number of different dental implant systems. We can give you dental implants for crowns, dentures, or even new full arches of teeth. We have a special system known as All-on-4 dental implants. Once the implants are strategically placed around the arch (four in each arch), we can place a permanent set of teeth that WILL NOT cover the upper palate like traditional dentures do.
If you have missing teeth, you can confide in us. We would love to discuss your smile goals in greater detail. Contact us today to book your appointment.