Dentures are essentially an ancient technology. They’ve changed in materials and somewhat in function, but overall they’re basically the same as they’ve been for hundreds of years.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are a modern technology and represent a huge improvement over dentures.
Implants Never Fall Out
One of the biggest problems with dentures is that they aren’t secure. They basically sit loose in your mouth on top of your gums, held in place by suction. This suction depends on a tight seal between your gums and the denture, and it’s easily disrupted.
When the suction is disrupted, dentures can move freely in your mouth. They can even move out of your mouth.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are very secure. They are anchored in your jawbone as your body grows bone that binds to the implant root, made of titanium or an advanced zirconia ceramic. As long as they’re healthy, implants are even more secure than your natural teeth.
Eat All the Foods You Love
Dentures are notorious for the limits they pose on the foods you can eat. There are many things that people eat every day with natural teeth that they can’t eat with dentures. You understand that you might have to give up corn on the cob, whole apples, and steak, but what about peanut butter? Anything with seeds or nuts? Crusty bread or even any thick bread? All of these can be difficult to eat with dentures.
But with dental implants, you can eat all your favorite foods. Basically, anything you can eat with your natural teeth, you can eat with dental implants. If you had to give up some foods since you got dentures, you’ll love being able to add them back to your menu with dental implants.
Enjoy Easy Maintenance
Dentures can be annoying to maintain. You not only have to brush them every time you would normally brush your teeth, you also have to soak them overnight to help keep them from getting smelly. And you should clean your dentures after every meal so they don’t develop get food stuck to them and give you bad breath.
Dental implant maintenance is basically the same as for your natural teeth. Brush, floss, and make regular dental checkups. They can be set up so you keep them in all night. You never have to remove them. Your dentist will remove them only as necessary for maintenance.
Look Younger for Longer
Dentures can make you look older. In the first place, they’re usually not set up to completely replace your natural teeth. And even if they are, the lack of stimulation leads your body to remove bone that used to support your teeth. This causes your face to collapse, and dentures can’t prevent you from looking older than you really are.
But dental implants can help keep you from aging prematurely. They can be set up to completely replace your missing teeth. And they stimulate your jawbone so your body doesn’t remove it. This helps you look younger for longer.
Once dental implants successfully bond to your jawbone, they can be there for life. Studies show that they can reliably last up to 30 years, and some individuals have had their dental implants for 40 or 50 years.
You can expect to have minor repairs or adjustments to the restorations on top of the implants, but no more frequently than you would otherwise be completely replacing your old-fashioned dentures.
Are Implants Best for You?
Dental implants are great, but they’re not necessarily for everyone. Do you want to learn whether they’re right for you? Please call (310) 275-5325 today for an appointment with Beverly Hills implant dentist Dr. Nicolas Ravon DDS MSD.