Choosing Dental Implants Over Dentures
If you are reading this, it is likely because you are at a point in your life where it is time to start considering alternatives for your natural teeth. For some people, it is simply getting to a certain age. For others, it can be genetics, environment, or poor dental health. Regardless of the reason, though, the need is the same: get new, functional teeth.
Decades ago, there was only one option – dentures. If you don’t know what dentures are, they are similar to a mouth guard with built-in teeth that you put over your toothless gums. You use an adhesive in the dentures to keep them in place. Many people hate how unreliable the adhesive is, making it difficult to eat whole apples and corn on the cob.
More recently, dental technology has advanced and dentures are becoming the less viable option for replacing natural teeth. Today, dental implants are the choice option for getting a strong and healthy-looking smile that will be just as functional as your natural teeth (in some cases, more so).
What Are Dental Implants?
Instead of wearing a removable set of teeth that slip over your gums, dental implants are a permanent solution that you treat exactly like your natural teeth. You brush them the same, you can eat the same foods with them, and you don’t have to worry about them.
You can plan to replace all of your teeth, or you can simply replace each tooth one at a time, as needed, keeping as many of your natural teeth as possible. The “bad” tooth is removed, and the implant tooth is anchored in using a screw. You are under anesthesia for the entire procedure, so, you will simply wake up with a beautiful smile!
Why Dental Implants Instead of Dentures?
Many people hear about the dental implants procedure and automatically decide they would rather have dentures. Don’t let your fear of this procedure drive your decision. You are completely out for the procedure and the recovery time is only a matter of days, even if you get your whole mouth done at once.
Here are some of the best reasons to choose implants over dentures:
- Never worry about your teeth slipping or falling out
- No maintenance compared to dentures, simply treat them the same as your natural teeth
- Eat apples, corn on the cob, and other crunchy foods that you can’t with dentures
- Options for replacing all at one or one (or a few) at a time
If you are still having trouble deciding, schedule an appointment with us to get a personal recommendation for a solution!