Choose the Cost-Effect Solution
If you’re missing teeth due to trauma, disease, or poor dental care, you have a few reliable options. The most traditional are dentures, which are the stereotypical false teeth that you’ve seen associated with older people. While dentures are proven to be an effective solution for tooth loss, they aren’t without significant limitations.
At this moment, dental implants are an excellent way to combat tooth loss because their cost has been decreasing, and the quality continues to improve. These benefits clearly illustrate why they’re the optimal choice for replacing missing teeth, but we’ll outline six more advantages below.
1. Dental implants are more realistic than dentures
From their durable, permanent nature to the fact that they don’t move around in your mouth, dental implants are much more realistic than dentures. They’re fused directly with your jawbone which gives them a sturdy feel and restores the full function of your smile.
The most apparent way that dental implants are more realistic lies with their appearance. Adding support to the jaw and teeth fills out your smile and avoids the sunken-face look that’s caused by dentures.
2. Dental implants are better for your oral health
Dental implants are much healthier than dentures because of the support they provide to your surrounding teeth. Without them, your teeth can shift out of place, and plaque-causing food particles will stay undisturbed.
In the short-term, people who wear dentures are subject to additional cavities and decay if they don’t follow a strict cleaning routine. Furthermore, the dentures are removed at night, and during that time, nothing is protecting the gums or teeth. If you choose to invest in implants, you won’t share these concerns because you’ll have a sturdy, reliable set of teeth that never require removal.
As for long-term denture-wearers, they’ll almost certainly experience bone loss. This is a common side effect of untreated tooth loss and can make your face look sunken and saggy. Fortunately, dental implants fill the gaps in your smile, so you’ll maintain a healthy, beautiful appearance.
3. No awkward moments with dental implants
Another fantastic benefit of implants stems from social interactions. They avoid the strife associated with dentures by being durable and realistic.
For example, people who wear dentures may worry whether speaking, coughing, chewing, or sneezing will cause an awkward situation where the denture makes noises or completely dislodge.
Dental implants are secured into your jawbone, so they’ll never move out of place. They’re also identical to your natural teeth, so your speech won’t be affected either.
4. Optimal long-term value
One of the most sought after benefits about dental implants is they’re a low-cost solution with a high return. Dentures may be cheaper upfront, but they need to be replaced 5 to 8 times before an implant would need to be.
- Dental implants typically last: 40-50 years
- Dentures typically last: 5-7 years
5. Maintaining dental implants is quick and simple
A significant advantage for busy or easily distracted people is that they can care for an implant the same way they would their natural teeth — daily brushing and flossing, and biannual visits to Dr. Spadafora.
The Mayo Clinic outlines the maintenance needed for both options, and you decide which is more straightforward:
How to Maintain Dentures
- Remove them each night and handle them carefully
- Clean your mouth without dentures
- Brush your dentures every day
- Soak your dentures in a solution each night
- Rinse dentures before returning them to your mouth
How to Maintain Dental Implants
- Brush regularly
- Floss with a floss threader
6. Dental implants improve the functionality of your smile
The final advantage, and it’s a crucial one, is something you’ll benefit from every day. With dentures, speaking and eating can be challenging. For example, you can’t pull food off of a fork, you might make clicking or snapping noises, or dentures may even fall out.
All of these fears can be avoided with dental implants because they are permanent, tooth-shaped prosthetics that work just like your natural smile.
Call Dr. Spadafora for Your Consultation
As a highly-acclaimed Master of General Dentistry (MAGD), Dr. Spadafora is a resounding expert on dental implants, dentures, and all other dental treatments. If you’re missing teeth, there’s a host of problems that can affect your health until you replace them.
Begin your implant journey by contacting our office at 724-418-2536. One of our friendly team members will answer any questions you have and help you schedule your consultation.