For the longest time, dentures have been the go to treatment for missing teeth. This is because dentures provide a full restoration that is both quick and affordable. However, dentures also have a reputation for being uncomfortable and unreliable. It is for these reasons, among others, that more and more of our teeth restoration patients are choosing to go with dental implants for their replacement teeth. This is because only dental implants provide beautiful replacement teeth that work and feel just like natural teeth. Today, Dr. Steven Hatcher is blogging from Greensboro, NC to talk about exactly what makes dental implants a better treatment option for missing teeth than dentures.
A Better Treatment for a New Age
What sets dental implants apart from dentures is the fact that implants are directly fused to your jawbone. During the implant procedure, an implant fixture is placed in the empty spot left by the missing tooth. Once the procedure is complete and the healing period begins, a process called osseointegration occurs. Osseointegration is the process of your implant fixture being accepted by your jawbone and gums as a natural part of your oral anatomy. This process is possible because dental implants are made from titanium, which is a metal that the body doesn’t recognize as a foreign material. Each implant fixture is also covered in small holes, which your jawbone and gums will thread themselves through as they heal, pulling your implant fixture permanently into place.
Dental implants receive many benefits from osseointegration that simply cannot be matched by dentures alone. For instance, because dental implants are fused directly to your jawbone like your natural teeth, they work and feel no different from your other teeth. This gives them an amazing level of comfort and stability. Dentures, on the other hand, sit uncomfortably on your gums and require a messy adhesive to have any chance of staying in place. Not only that, but you will need to remove your dentures every night and soak them in a cleaning solution. Even with this extra care, your dentures will still only last about seven years before they will need to be replaced. With dental implants, you will only need to continue brushing and flossing like you usually would. And, even with this minimal amount of care, your dental implants can last you a lifetime.
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As you can see, dental implants are simply capable of providing much better results than what you can get with dentures. This doesn’t necessarily remove dentures as a viable treatment option, however. In fact, dental implants can actually be used to support dentures, giving them the many benefits that come from osseointegration. If you would like to find out whether or not you might be a good candidate for treatment with dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Steven Hatcher today.