Do you know that the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons determined that nearly 70% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 in the United States have at least one missing tooth? Missing teeth can be caused by accident, tooth decay, gum disease, or dental fractures.
Whatever the cause, we believe it is important for missing teeth to be replaced. Not only is having a full set of teeth important for looks, but it’s also very important for speaking, eating, and maintaining healthy jawbones.
Without those teeth, the jawbone can start to shrink and, over the years, cause the face to start to "collapse."
Although most people grew up knowing about dentures, not everyone has heard of dental implants. Implants are one of the biggest advancements in dental care over the last 40 years. In this article, we’ll define what both dentures and implants are, then we will highlight 5 reasons dental implants are superior to dentures.
Many people remember their grandparents or parents having removable dentures. These appliances can be made to look like your natural teeth and fit inside your mouth, filling in any gaps.
However, most people today are unhappy with dentures for the following reasons:
- They move around when you eat.
- They can come out at the wrong times (which is embarrassing).
- They interfere with your speech.
- They are uncomfortable and can pinch your gums.
- They are difficult to clean and maintain.
- They can allow your jawbone to shrink.
Fortunately, at Premier Dental Center, we offer an alternative to dentures that solves these complaints.
Dental implants, like dentures, replace any missing teeth you might have. Unlike dentures, they are a far more permanent and stable solution. Titanium posts are inserted through your gums into your jawbone, replacing the roots of your natural teeth. These posts then provide an anchor for your new replacement teeth.
There are several reasons implants are superior to dentures:
1 Implants won’t slip or move.
Implants are fused to your jawbone, which ensures a very secure hold. Eating and speaking with dentures can be frustrating because they can fall out at inconvenient or embarrassing times; but not implants. They hold fast to the jawbone and provide a much more stable experience.
2 Implants are more permanent and natural.
Implants act just like your natural teeth. Once placed, you can trust them to last for at least 20 years. That means you never have to take them out and you may never need to replace them. They are designed to match the natural look and shape of your teeth, ensuring a perfect fit and a good bite.
Because they are more permanent, they won’t affect your speech like dentures. Furthermore, if you can eat something with your natural teeth, you can eat it with implants. In fact, dental implants can seem so natural you might even forget you actually have a fake tooth!
3 Implants are more comfortable.
Dentures can be quite uncomfortable because they can slip and pinch your gums when eating or speaking. Implants hold fast, meaning there is no pinching or slipping. They are shaped perfectly to fit your bite, which means you won’t experience pain or extra pressure when you chew or speak.
4 Implants are easy to maintain.
Dentures sometimes require removal and cleanings, but you can treat and clean dental implants just like your natural teeth. It’s important to care for your implants, but because they are permanent, you simply clean them by brushing and flossing (just like your natural teeth).
5 Implants support healthy bone structure.
As we said earlier, missing teeth or dentures can cause your jawbone to slowly shrink. The bone fades away since it no longer needs to support the roots. Dentures can’t help prevent bone loss because they merely sit on top of the gums.
Dental implants, however, are different. The titanium posts act as roots for the teeth, giving the jawbone something to grab hold of and a reason to stay strong. By choosing implants, you can help ensure your jaw, gums, and smile do not deteriorate over time.
Are you ready for dental implants?
If you’re missing teeth and are ready to replace them, then it’s time to talk to your dentist about options. If you’re in the Troy, Michigan area then we recommend you contact us and schedule a consultation. Dr. Nazarian has extensive training and experience in providing implants. He loves working with patients and providing custom solutions that meet each patient’s unique needs.
You don’t have to live with missing teeth. Choose dental implants and start restoring your smile today!