Are you looking at the possibility of changing to dental implants from dentures? Replacement is possible in many cases. Although this type of tooth replacement offers more advantages, your decision to change requires careful consideration. Dentures have fewer complications with easy removal. However, implants offer the best aesthetic results and comfort.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is made of a titanium rod that mimics your teeth’s root structure. It provides a maximum strength and support for your teeth through the process called osseointegration, where the fixture fuses with your jawbone. This provides a good foundation for fixed or removable tooth replacement.
With a success rate of about 98%, it is the best tooth replacement option available. However, to undergo the procedure you should meet the following conditions:
- Your gums should be healthy
- The depth of your jawbone should be sufficient to fuse the fixture
- You follow a good oral hygiene routine
Further medical evaluation is necessary before the procedure for people who have:
- Heart conditions
- Heavy smoking history
- Radiation therapy to the head/neck area
A normal denture rests on the gums. An implant-supported type is placed over a fixture attached to the jawbone. When you don’t have any teeth but have enough supporting bone in the jaw area this is possible.
When using regular dentures, the upper jaw is usually stable and won’t need a fixed support. The lower jaw, however, has less stable support. Implants with special attachments make the lower area fixed.
- Improved appearance
One of the best features of having implants is how they look like your real teeth. Since they are fused to the jawbone they are permanent. With the loss of a tooth, the jawbone slowly erodes, which can wrinkle the lips and produce a sunken mouth and face. This is the only tooth replacement option that can preserve and reinvigorate bone growth, which maintains your facial profile, making you look younger.
- Improved Speech
Slipping dentures can cause mumbling or slurring of your words when speaking. With this tooth replacement option, you can speak without worrying.
Ill-fitting dentures can cause painful sores on the gums. Dental implants eliminate this discomfort.
- Ease in Chewing
With implants, chewing is easy. As mentioned earlier, they function as your own teeth. This allows you to eat your favorite foods without having to worry about slipping and pain.
They may seem expensive, but they are the best and most economical option of replacing missing teeth. Although dentures are cheaper, they require replacement every 7 to 15 years compared to 25 years for implants.
Like real teeth, implants require regular brushing, flossing and rinsing to keep them at optimum condition. Never let a missing tooth keep you from flashing a perfect smile. Call Noble Dental Care to see if dental implants are perfect for you.