Many individuals struggle to choose between dental implants and dentures for replacement teeth. Losing your teeth and having an unhealthy mouth can not only be uncomfortable, but also causes embarrassment to many. While dentures seem to be the less expensive option, dental implants come with significant long-term benefits that you’ll want to consider.
Visual Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants currently give the closest to natural appearance possible. It should be noted that dentists significant improved dentures in the past decade. However, implants are a direct extension of the jaw rather than an outfitted device that can be removed. This fact alone causes dental implants to give your smile a much more authentic appearance.
Also, dentures can slip if not secure, causing your smile to “shift” at times and cause discomfort. This will actually create significant jawline and appearance issues if unaddressed.
They Directly Impact Your Jawline
Dental implants can prevent facial sagging and deterioration of the jawbone. When you no longer have healthy teeth, your mouth lacks something to stimulate the nerve endings. When your mouth is not properly cared for, the bones will degrade. This not only can create a sagging, unsightly appearance, but can turn into a full facial collapse.
Poor dentures can shift in the mouth and don’t provide the same stable contact that dental implants do. As a result, you are more likely to see degradation of the facial structure. Implants contact the tooth roots, providing constant, near-natural stimulation that will preserve your jawbone in the long-term.
There’s Less Steps to Maintaining Dental Implants
Dentures require adhesives and creams to stay in place in your mouth. When they’re not in use, they require additional cleaning using special solutions. Regularly removing your replacement tooth option leads to the problems mentioned above. Additionally, dentures will eventually degrade and require replacing eventually no matter how well they are cared for.
Dental implants are a less needy replacement option that receive cleaning just like normal teeth. A thorough brushing with a low-abrasive brush around the teeth and under the crowns works alongside flossing and oral irrigators. Brush and floss regularly as always. These implants, while more expensive in the short-term, have the potential to last the rest of your life.
Implants Are More Functionally Sound
When your teeth aren’t anchored to your gums, it affects everything you do. Your tongue interacts with your teeth to speak, and your teeth grind up your food for eating. Dental implants allow you to maintain full chewing power and speak as you normally would. With dentures, you may end up having to avoid certain foods altogether.
Stuart Curry Dentistry Specializes in Dental Implants
Dr. Stuart Curry and his team are experts in the field of restorative dentistry. Your oral health plays a vital role in maintaining overall health. When disease or tooth decay cause the need for tooth replacement, we can handle your care.
This simple procedure can return your mouth to an authentic feel without the need of bridges and dentures. Contact us today at (205)-972-3831 to schedule an appointment to discuss your restorative dentistry options today.