For those who have lost multiple teeth, there are two main options available: dental implants or dentures. Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. Dental implants use screw-like metal posts to imitate tooth roots, on which false teeth screw into these posts.
It can be confusing and overwhelming to know which decision is right for you, which is why we’ve compiled a list of reasons why we feel dental implants are a better option for most.
- Implants won’t restrict your diet in the way dentures will. Dentures are notorious for slipping around the mouth during chewing and even talking. They restrict the type of food you can eat to avoid the slippage. Implants are firmly embedded into your jawbone, allowing you eat whatever you like.
- Dental implants look and feel more natural than dentures. When fitted with dentures, you’ll need to learn how to eat, speak, and drink around the dentures, which can be a frustrating process. Dental implants feel and function like real teeth, preventing the need to adjust to them.
- Implants provide better jawbone protection. When a tooth is removed and is not replaced, the bone that surrounded the tooth no longer receives physical stimulation. This can lead to resorption, which can break down the bone and weaken the jaw. This is a common problem with dentures, but resorption is avoided with dental implants, since they act as natural tooth roots.
- Dental implants won’t damage surrounding teeth. The process of removing and replacing dentures over long periods of time can damage the teeth surrounding the dentures. This problem does not occur with implants, as they are permanent and don’t need to be removed to be cleaned. They are brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.
- Implants won’t need to be replaced. It’s recommended that dentures (made of synthetic plastic or porcelain) be replaced every 5 or so years. Dental implants are made of much sturdier materials and will never need replacement.
Of course, while dental implants can be the better choice for most, dentures may still the way to go for some. To further discuss the pros and cons in your particular situation with our skilled surgeon, Dr. Matt Schacht, please contact Denver and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, located in Denver, Colorado.