Historically, denture wearers have had a long list of complaints about their artificial teeth. The devices are uncomfortable and unattractive. As time passes and the shape of the jaw changes, the dentures lose their fit. Dentures require a complete overhaul of a patient’s diet, potentially putting favorite foods off-limits.
When DFW dentures wearers consider the advantages offered by dental implants, many of them choose to switch to this modern dental technology. Dental implants surpass dentures by leaps and bounds in terms of form and function.
Dental implants, which are small titanium screws inserted into the jaw by an oral surgeon, can be used to anchor an entire arch of artificial teeth. The titanium is compatible with bone material, allowing dental implants to osseointegrate, or fuse with the jawbone.
That osseointegration process helps dental implants to stabilize the jaw by mimicking the roots of the missing biological teeth. Although hidden from view, the teeth’s roots are structurally important to the smile’s appearance. They help to hold the jawbone in place. When teeth are lost or extracted, the bone begins to atrophy because there are no structures to serve as anchors.
Dentures do not replace the missing roots, but dental implants do. When dental implants are used for tooth replacement, the shape of the jawbone remains stable over time, preserving the smile’s appearance. Additionally, dental implants do not require multiple refittings and replacement appliances like dentures do.
The stability of dental implants also helps to prevent the artificial arch of teeth from slipping out of place, which is a common problem for denture wearers who must rely on flimsy adhesives to hold their appliances in place.
For the most part, patients who opt for dental implants face few dietary restrictions. Edentulous patients who choose dental implants are able to restore nearly all of their chewing function, which means that there’s no need to eliminate most food from the diet.
Dental implants offer a variety of benefits, and their performance is unmatched by dentures. If you wear dentures and are looking for a more stable and permanent solution, call our experienced implant dentistry team to see if dental implants are appropriate in your case.