Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Eat The Foods You Love Once AgainIt is estimated that 22% of Americans will have lost all of their teeth by the age of 65.
Maybe you are among those who have resigned themselves to dentures. For years, dentures were the only option. Whether you have lost teeth to gum disease, decay or accident, there is now an alternative to dentures that you should consider. You may replace your teeth with dental implants. Implants give you the option of affixing your dentures in a permanent manner.
Why should you consider implants over the customary mouth full of dentures?
- Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth.
- Implants don't slip and slide out of place.
- There is no need to remove your teeth for cleaning. You care for implants in the same manner you would care for your natural teeth.
- You can avoid the discomfort of typical dentures. There is no fear of getting something lodged beneath a denture plate, no painful mouth sores where the dentures rub, and no soreness from the muscles of your cheeks and tongue having to adjust to keep your dentures in place.
- Implants won't change your speech patterns as they will not move in your mouth as you speak. With implants, you will feel free to smile with confidence.
What type of specialist do I have to see for implants?At one point, oral and maxillofacial surgeons performed the majority of implants. As techniques have been perfected, however, more and more dentists are able to perform the implant procedure right in the dental office. The good news for you is that the cost of implants is becoming much more reasonable. Beyond traditional general dentistry services, Dr. Sherzoy also offers specialty dental services such as dental implants.
With the increase in patient demand for dental implants, there are plenty of options in materials. Dr. Sherzoy will evaluate your needs and determine the best type of implant for your situation.
Is the procedure more involved for implants than for dentures?The process of getting implants might be slightly more involved for implants than for dentures. It does involve surgery. For most patients however, that surgery can be done under a local anesthetic right from the chair in your dentist's office. Many denture wearers also find themselves having to undergo surgery prior to being able to wear dentures. Tooth extractions and bone grafting might be necessary in either case, depending on the current state of your oral health.
The number one advantage to implants is that they are a near-permanent solution to tooth loss. Most patients can expect to have their implants for life. Continued gum and bone deterioration often make it necessary to replace dentures. The comfort level for denture wearers is never as high as for those who have implants. According to Dr. Sherzoy, "My patients tell me it is just like having teeth again."
If you do have some healthy teeth left, implants give you the option of leaving those teeth and only replacing the ones that are missing. The gum and bone will not wear away with implants the way it continues to do with dentures. This is why dentures are a continual source of frustration for many wearers. The perfect fit, if you get close at all, is not likely to last more than a couple of years as the underlying structure of bone continues to degenerate when teeth are removed.
Sounds good, but it is affordable?Those who have received dental implants agree that the initial cost for implants, which is higher than for dentures, is well worth it. Aside from the comfort and confidence you will receive from having teeth that look and feel naturally yours, you will not have the continued expense of messy adhesives and cleaning products that come with dentures.
As well, most dentures have to be replaced one or more times because of changes in gums and bone density. Many wearers have to go through several pair just to get a good initial fit. Of course, we've all heard the stories of dentures being lost or inadvertently thrown out, a worry you won't have with dental implants. Find an experienced dentist who specializes in dental implants and you can avoid the excessive fees you might otherwise pay.
In short, dentures will continue to cost you in more ways than one, for years to come. Dental implants are expected to last a lifetime.
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