Replacing Dentures With Dental Implants
For the longest time dentures were the standard method of fixing missing teeth. With time, dentistry has evolved and innovations have come to help with oral hygiene and maintenance. Dental implants are considered the biggest advancement to many patients suffering from teeth loss.
With dental implants, patients do not have to live with permanent gaps in their teeth. They get a permanent solution that is as close to natural teeth as possible. For this reason, many patients who were living with dentures are now switching to dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth with small titanium screws that are placed in the jawbone to mimic teeth roots. They provide a solid solution to permanent teeth loss. While dentures are removable, dental implants offer a permanent solution.
Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?
A major advantage of implants is that they are permanent. They do not slip around in your mouth like dentures. They do not irritate the gum and they are not a trap for food particles like dentures. They look and feel more natural and they do not change your facial structure. With dental implants you can eat the foods you like without restrictions, including hard foods and colorful foods without fear.
What About Bone Grafting?
Sometimes, to switch from dentures to dental implants, you will require a bone graft. If you have used dentures for a while, you may not have enough bone for the implant to hold on to. A bone graft is essential when the jawbone shrinks in size once teeth come out. Bone grafting makes the dental implant process a little longer since bone takes longer to fuse and heal.
Is It Worth It?
Getting rid of dentures forever is a life-changing experience. Planning to ditch your dentures for dental implants is a big move, hence you should make your experience worth your while. The good thing with the dental implants is that they give you a lifetime of service. You may be apprehensive about the investment, but also consider they are a permanent solution to a permanent problem, they are worth it. Dental implants protect the jawbone from resorbing, they protect the adjacent teeth from breaking and misaligning, and they give a natural look and feel.
Can Anybody Make the Switch?
It is important to consult with a Belviso Oral Surgeon before switching, even though most patients are good candidates for the switch from dentures to dental implants
If you want to replace your dentures for dental implants, visit Belviso Oral & Facial Surgery at our office in Manhattan, New York. Give us a call at (212) 606-2345 to find out more or schedule a dental implant consultation.