Understanding the Benefits of Dental Implants Over Dentures

Tooth loss is a problem that affects millions of people. It’s often caused by poor oral hygiene habits, though it can also result from physical trauma. Previously, dental patients chose between dentures or bridges to replace their missing teeth. These days, dentists are increasingly recommending dental implants as a superior solution to tooth loss. Here’s a look at some of the benefits of choosing dental implants :

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Permanent Solution
Dentures are removable oral appliances that can sometimes become loose in your mouth. In contrast, dental implants are not removable; they look just like your natural teeth. While dentures are prone to breaking if you drop them and cause discomfort due to additional bone loss over time, dental implants are extremely durable and feel and function just like your regular teeth. With the proper oral care, they can last for the rest of your life: a third set of teeth!

Natural Function
Those with dentures sometimes have trouble eating certain foods and articulating certain sounds. Dentures can feel unnatural—especially when they slip inside your mouth. Because dental implants are permanent, they do not slip or cause any problems with eating or speaking. Implants offer a more comfortable solution for those who have struggled with ill-fitting dentures.

Enhanced Oral Health
Dental implants effectively  preserve the underlying structure of the jawbone . When the implant is inserted, the bone grows around the implant and anchors it. Preserving the bone mass is critical for both appearance and oral health. Dental implants have the added bonus of maintaining the health of the adjacent teeth. Partial dentures are latched onto the adjacent teeth where they can exert considerable pressure and fracture the compromised teeth. Implants do not have this drawback. Dentists also recommend dental implants because they offer the opportunity for improved oral hygiene; it is typically easier to keep dental implants clean than it is to keep dentures clean.

Consult a dentist about having dental implants today. Call University Associates in Dentistry of Chicago at (312) 704-5511 to schedule your appointment. You could also visit our website to  learn more  about our cosmetic dentistry services.