If you’ve lost teeth, you may be wondering if implants or dentures is the better option to restore your full smile. Your natural teeth may be gone, but you don’t have to settle for anything less than perfection — you can get a complete, bright smile once again. It will help with your confidence and your physical health. It’s a must!
Permanent Teeth Preserve Your Jawbone and Your Look
While dentures are removable, implants are a permanent fixture in your mouth. They’re strongly anchored to your jawbone, which helps prevent atrophy. If your jawbone has nothing to support, it will soon start to deteriorate, causing other teeth to loosen and potentially fall out, altering the structure of your face.
Implants can help keep your jawbone strong, which is good for your oral health — and for pictures! Dentures don’t offer the same benefit.
Your Diet Isn’t Dictated by Your Teeth
Dentures might get in the way of you eating all your favorite foods, but implants don’t have the same restrictions. You can bite into a steak without an issue and chew gum endlessly — implants are the same as natural teeth! They help ensure you get all the right nutrients your body needs, and you can enjoy eating again.
Keep Gums and Remaining Teeth Healthy
Dentures can slip and slide, which can be uncomfortable. They can also trap food and make it hard to keep your mouth clean and fresh. This can affect your gums and remaining natural teeth negatively, potentially raising the risk of gum disease.
Implants don’t cause the same problem. You can brush and floss them the same as you would natural teeth. In fact, they’re stronger than natural teeth, and it’s impossible for them to get cavities. You still need to brush and floss for your gums’ sake, but implants are the best choice to augment and support the health of the rest of your mouth.
Invest for the Future
It’s possible to purchase high-quality dentures that last longer than normal, but you will still have to replace them more often than implants. Dental implants can last 20 years or more, especially if you have them placed by an experienced oral surgeon. Dentures last eight years at best, and then you have to pay the same bill all over again.
At Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we always recommend what’s best for our patients and we’ve found most often that it’s implants. Contact us today to set up your in-office consultation on the best tooth restoration method for you.