Are Dental Implants Better than Dentures?
The short answer: Absolutely. Dental implants are false teeth that work better, last longer, and feel just like natural teeth. With dental implants, you can laugh without worrying about your dentures slipping out, eat your favorite foods again, and not deal with applying adhesives or creams to your gums.
Of course, dental implants are more expensive than dentures, and for several great reasons. The clear advantages of dental implants, however, far outweigh the cost and time of the procedure. And for those who have experienced loss of teeth, a bright and healthy smile is a priceless return.
Seattle-based Prosthodontist Dr. Butson’s dental implants are well worth the investment in having strong, secure, long-lasting, and comfortable teeth.
6 Advantages of Dental Implants
Healthy and confident smiles, enjoyment of flavors and food, and easy cleaning: These are just some of the bright sides to having brand-new implanted pearls. Here is a list of six main reasons why others have chosen to put aside cost for new rows of permanent teeth. The results: comfort, confidence, and an improved quality of life.
1. Our implants look and feel like natural teeth.
Dental implants give the appearance and basic chewing function of real, natural teeth. While dentures and false teeth tend to look unnatural and fake, dental implants become a seamless part of your mandible and maxilla.
Dentures, on the other hand, don’t have the same appearance, quality, or feel of natural teeth that implants do. The pearly color of dentures fad within a couple years of use as well.
2. Dental implants fit securely and comfortably.
One of the greatest advantages of dental implants is the long-term fit and comfort. The titanium anchors surgically placed into your jawbone help your implants stay anchored, giving you strong and natural-feeling teeth.
While dentures tend to slip and feel uncomfortable or ill-fitting, dental implants are attach to your jawbones with precise molding for maximum comfort and natural feeling.
3. Chewing is natural again with dental implants.
No more having to avoid certain foods like popcorn, nuts, steak, and other tough, sticky, or crumbly foods. Dentures restrict people to a soft-food diet, since chewing hard or tough food can be painful and destructive.
Dental implants allow you to enjoy again your favorite foods that involve hard chewing. However, a soft-food diet is still recommended for making your implants last a lifetime.
4. Implants regain your senses of flavor.
Dentures that cover your upper mouth and mandible can not only affect the types of food you’re able to eat, but also the way you enjoy your food. Most other false teeth diminish the ability to taste and sense the heat of food.
Dental implants, however, give people the ability not only to eat desired foods, but also sense food that might burn a tongue or roof of the mouth. For any one who’s had to stick to mashed potatoes, soft cereals, and smoothies, dental implants offer a new taste for life.
5. Our Dental Implants Last up to 25 years.
A long-term problem of dental loss requires a long-term solution. That’s why long-lasting dental implants are the best investment for a healthy mouth. We first install titanium anchors will keep your dental implants in place for up to two decades.
Over time, these anchors fuse to your jawbone, and will hold your implants permanently in place. Dentures and other false teeth simply don’t measure up or last quite as long as implants, which is why implants are the best choice for long-term false teeth.
6. Dental implants don’t require creams or adhesives.
To keep dentures from irritating your gums or slipping around, creams and adhesives are required to keep everything in place. These provide added distaste and discomfort for a long-term problem of not having teeth.
Dental implants eliminate the need for creams or adhesives, along with the odors and bitter tastes associated with dentures. As a result, you get natural and sturdy teeth without the need for purchasing topical ointments and sticky adhesives.
Why Dentures Don’t Measure Up
There are plenty of reasons why people choose dentures. They’re cheap, they last up to four or five years, and they get the job done for chewing soft food. However, for all the good reasons to have dentures, it’s important to know about distinct the disadvantages.
Dentures require daily removal and re-application
The constant, daily process of applying adhesives and creams to your gums that hold your dentures in place can be a pain. It also means constantly going out to buy these items, month after month.
If you want to eliminate the chore of taking out and re-applying dentures, go with implants for your dental needs. Dental implants are low maintenance and stay in place for decades without the need for bitter creams or adhesives.
Dentures cause bone loss
Besides the cosmetic and functional disadvantages, dentures more importantly can cause lasting health effects. The use of dentures to choose food can over time compress your jawbones and cause deterioration. Your chin diminishes in size two to three times faster with dentures than with teeth.
To avoid this harmful and disfiguring loss of bone, invest in dental implants. Having dental implants reduce the compression and mandibular shrinkage, saving your jawline and overall quality of life.
The solution is clear: Dental implants are a long-term solution for a healthy mouth.
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Timothy J. Butson, DMD, MSD, has practiced dentistry for over 30 years. During these three decades of dental experience, Dr. Butson has been recognized as a “Top Dentist” by Seattle Magazine, and a member of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Butson will identify where you need implants, and then we’ll go over the process in detail, answering any questions you have along the way.
If you already have false teeth, but don’t have long-lasting and natural-feeling dental implants, you should consider the advantages of having a prosthodontic procedure. Though the process of implanting teeth may take time and money, you’ll have pearly implants to last you a lifetime.