Dentures were the treatment of choice to replace missing or failing teeth for centuries, but today, there is a better solution. Dental implants have become the new gold standard for many reasons. Dentures rest on the gums, leading to slipping and pinching and promoting jawbone loss. Dental implants actually replace the tooth roots, enhancing jawbone health and providing a secure base for top quality replacement teeth. Here are the top 5 benefits of dental implants.
Although today’s high-end dentures may be quite aesthetic, they can shift or slip when laughing, talking, or chewing. A partial denture has precision attachments or a metal clasp that may show when your mouth is open, and a full upper denture covers your palate with slick, hard plastic. Dental implants remove these concerns, making them the most aesthetic solution.
Even well fitted dentures can pinch or rub the sensitive gum tissues, especially when eating tough, chewy, or crunchy foods. You might start to limit your diet to minimize these problems. Since dental implants are fused to the jawbone, you can comfortably eat whatever you like.
Strength and Stability
Dentures provide only about 25% of your original bite strength, making it difficult or impossible to eat such foods as corn on the cob or steak. Dental implants restore more than 90% of bite strength, allowing you to eat a healthy and varied diet.
Future Oral Health
The body naturally resorbs gum tissue and jawbone after teeth are lost. Over time, this can cause a sunken appearance, wrinkles, and premature aging. Dentures will lose their grip, becoming loose and uncomfortable as you continue to lose oral structure. In addition, the constant rubbing of dentures against gum tissue raises the risk for inflammation and chronic sores, along with gum disease. Dental implants protect you from all these issues, promoting oral health.
While dentures are less costly initially, dental implants are by far the least expensive option over a lifetime. Dentures have a lifespan of just 10 years on average, and you must pay for annual relines. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. To minimize upfront costs, consider stabilizing your existing denture with just 2 to 4 implants.
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If you are ready to start your journey to dental health with a highly experienced, family-oriented dental practice, contact Scarsdale Dental Group today at 914-723-4707 to schedule your first appointment.