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Dental Implants Vs Conventional Dentures

January 22, 2014

Traditional dentures can’t compare to the comfort and functionality of implant-supported dentures.

Dental implantsAccording to the latest statistics, just over one quarter of adults have lost all their teeth by age 74. Considering that the Social Security Administration expects the average man to live to age 84 and the average woman to live to age 86, it’s clear that a long-term solution to tooth loss is worth considering. Dental implants can provide the comfortable, attractive, and healthy long-term solution you’re looking for. Dental implants can replace one single missing tooth per implant peg, or multiple implant pegs can be used to replace all your missing teeth with an implant-supported denture.

Here are some of the many important reasons to choose dental implants over traditional dentures.

Improved Comfort

One major problem with traditional dentures is that they can cause rubbing, irritation, and even sores on the gums due to a less than perfect fit. With low-cost dentures, it may be virtually impossible to ever achieve a perfectly comfortable fit, and even with high-end dentures getting the right fit—and making sure your dentures continue to fit properly as time goes by—will require multiple visits to your dentist for fittings and adjustments. Dental implants, on the other hand, feel just like having real teeth and, when capped with well-designed crowns, implants will not cause any bite issues or discomfort to your gums.

Freedom to Eat What You Like

Even with denture adhesive, traditional dentures can come unseated or even fall out when you try to eat certain foods. As a result, your diet will be restricted and you may not be able to eat some of your favorite foods. With dental implants, however, you face very few restrictions. Basically you will only need to avoid chewing ice or hard objects which could damage the crowns on your implants. You can eat crunchy foods like apples or corn on the cob with no problems.

No Speech Impediment

A new set of dentures can cause wearers to lisp or have other speech difficulties during the initial adjustment period. Even if you manage to adjust your speech to compensate for your dentures, they may still click or shift while you’re talking, causing embarrassment. Some people become so concerned about their appearance and their speech that they retire from society and their quality of life suffers as a result. An implant-supported denture, on the other hand, will stay in place much better than dentures and also have a more natural profile, so you should not experience the same speech difficulties.

Improved Bone Health

No other solution to missing teeth, including dentures, will actually stop bone loss in your jaw the way a dental implant will. Because dental implants and implant-supported dentures rest on titanium pegs, your bone will actually bond with these pegs over time in a process called osseointegration. This helps keep your jaw from becoming brittle and your face from acquiring an “old” or sunken appearance due to bone loss. Look and feel younger with dental implants from California Dental Group!