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Dental Implants vs. Removable Dentures

Are dental implants really better?

Dental Implants Give You:

Compare the differences between dental implants vs. removable denturesImproved Appearance:

When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs making the face look older. Dental implants can slow or stop this process. Dental implants look and feel like your own natural teeth. Learn about the advantages of dental implants vs. removable dentures.

Improved Comfort:

Dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gums, continuous shrinkage of the jaw bone alters the fit of the denture resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures. Exposed nerves and irritation of the gum tissue may add to the discomfort.

Implant supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely to your jawbone.

Gum irritation and the pain of exposed nerves associated with conventional full or partial dentures are eliminated.

Improved Speech:

With ill fitting dentures, the teeth slip and slide around the mouth. The facial muscles become tense in an attempt to hold the teeth in place. This often results in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises.

Replacement teeth allow you to speak with confidence in a relaxed and natural tone.

Improved Self Esteem:

Considering all other benefits, dental implants can improve your self-esteem. You may feel better about yourself. You can regain nearly all the capabilities that most people have with natural teeth, giving you renewed confidence, and allowing you to enjoy life, do what everyone else is doing and not think twice about it.

Eat Better:

The average denture patient with an excellent fitting denture eats at 15-20% efficiency when compared to a person with natural teeth. As the jawbone shrinks, your chewing efficiency is reduced even more, making it difficult to eat certain foods. Dental implants can restore chewing efficiency comparable to that of natural teeth.

This allows you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain, enjoy what everyone is eating and not think twice about it. A full upper denture covers the palate of the mouth and reduces the ability to taste foods. With dental implants, you can have the palate removed from your upper denture so you can taste and enjoy your food.

Convenience:

Dental implants can eliminate the numerous embarrassing inconveniences of removable partial and full dentures. You will eliminate the use of gooey denture adhesives that must be re-applied throughout the day. You will no longer need to cover your mouth when you laugh or smile, for fear that your teeth will pop out or fall down.

Protect Your Remaining Natural Teeth:

Dental implants are often more appropriate than a bridge for the replacement of one or more adjacent teeth. With conventional bridgework, the teeth surrounding missing teeth must be ground down. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify these teeth, resulting in a conservative, yet esthetic restoration.

Removable Dentures:

Some of the dilemmas denture wearers experience are sore spots on the gums from rubbing, a decrease in bite force, loose dentures that move around and cause embarrassment in public, difficulty speaking, whistling or clicking of denture teeth, and an inability to eat many foods.  Many people who wear dentures also complain that food tastes bland.

Dental Implants vs. Removable Dentures Comparison Table:

Removable Denture

Implant Supported  Prosthesis

Short Term Cost

Low

High

Long Term Cost
High

Low

Biologic Costs
High
Low
Esthetics
Fair

Excellent

Function
Poor
Excellent
Bone Preservation

Poor

Excellent

Hygiene Access

Fair

Excellent
Long-Term Maintenance
High
Low


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