If you’re missing teeth or looking at the possibility of having your natural teeth removed due to tooth decay, you’re probably wondering what your best options are. Many people assume that they’ll need dentures, or that dentures are the best options. Dental implants are another alternative that offer advantages over dentures.
The Benefits of Dentures
Dentures are prosthetics that sit on the gum. When we think of dentures, we usually think of the full arch dentures that cover the entire top and/or bottom gums. They are removable, making them easy to keep clean. You can also have partial dentures to fill in only missing gaps between your natural teeth.
Dentures give you back your smile. They also give your mouth structure, which helps to keep your facial muscles strong. Since missing teeth affect your speech, having dentures can help with annunciation and pronunciation as well. While you often need to watch what you eat with dentures, modern dentures do have fewer food restrictions that they used to.
While modern dentures have their advantages, they only sit on the gum. They don’t bond with the bone, so they are not able to prevent degradation of the jawbone that can lead to further tooth loss and other mouth problems later.
The Benefits of Full-Arch Dental Implants – How They Go Beyond Dentures
Where dentures sit on the gum, dental implants are bonded to the bone itself. This gives implants a benefit over dentures, as they better protect your jawbone from degradation that follows tooth loss. The implants stimulate the bone, encouraging blood flow and keeping the bone stronger.
Like dentures, dental implants return your smile to you and keep your facial muscles natural and strong. You also enjoy the benefits of having teeth for annunciation and pronunciation. These benefits go beyond your smile, however. Because the implants help protect your jawbone from degrading, they make for a healthier facial profile. Your jawline stays stronger and can make you look younger as a result.
In addition, eating food is as natural with full-arch dental implants as with your original teeth. You don’t have to worry about slippage or adhesives giving out because of sticky foods. While you need to restrict what you eat immediately after surgery, once your mouth has fully healed, you can return to your normal diet. Spicy foods, crunchy foods, sticky foods, hot drinks – whatever you enjoyed before, you can enjoy again with your dental implants.
The best part of dental implants, though, are their durability. They are made to last, sometimes for decades. Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss.
Are Full-Arch Dental Implants Right for You?
If you are considering dental implants, contact us today to make an appointment. Dental implants provide you a stable, permanent solution for tooth loss. They return your smile, and allow you to live your best life with that new smile. We will look at your dental history, your lifestyle needs, and the options that best suit you.