You must replace teeth that are permanently lost or pulled. Not only is this vital for you to continue to chew and speak normally, but it is crucial for your overall appearance and health. While both implants and dentures are considered satisfactory methods of tooth restoration, dental implants have many benefits that dentures do not.
WHAT THEY ARE
Below is a short explanation of both dental implants and dentures as restoration devices:
Dental Implants: Either a titanium or zirconium implant is fused to the jawbone and works as the tooth’s root. The implant is then capped with a bridge or crown and presents natural-looking tooth replacement.
Dentures: A detachable piece designed to look like the teeth and gums is used to replace the teeth and neighbouring tissue. You can use a full set of dentures when all teeth are missing, and partial dentures where there are still some real teeth.
WHY DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE BETTER THAN DENTURES
Both dental implants and dentures are regularly used in dentistry today. However, dental implants are a better option than dentures in the following ways.
A Permanent, Strong Solution
Dental implants are permanent. The implant is fused to the jawbone so that it stays there like a natural tooth. Dentures are removable devices, and they are not particularly sturdy – they can bend under hot water or break relatively easily. They do not last long – most dentures need to be modified, fixed, or replaced within seven years. Dental implants are firm, durable, and built to last forever. Statistics show that dental implants have a 98% success rate.
Optimal Function and Performance
Both dental implants and dentures work just like regular teeth. However, dentures may slip and affect your speech or eating, which can be awkward or uncomfortable. Dental implants give you more natural chewing and talking motions than dentures because they are fused to the jaw like natural teeth.
Your oral hygiene routine doesn’t need to change if you have dental implants – you can floss and brush them. Dentures, however, must be removed for proper cleaning. This is both inefficient and bothersome as it leaves room for error when it comes to cleaning. Since dental implants require no particular cleaning system, they are a better choice for oral hygiene.
Prevent Bone Loss and Gum Erosion
Dentures can cause the gums to disintegrate and become flabby. They also offer no safeguard against jawbone loss. This can eventually lead to your jawbone distorting in shape, which will warp and prematurely age your face. Dental implants are fused into the jawbone, which stops bone loss and the deterioration of both the jawbone and the gums. You can preserve the natural shape of your face and keep your smile with dental implants.
A More Comfortable Experience
Dental implants feel like normal teeth. Most people don’t even notice the implants once they are embedded. On the other hand, dentures can irritate the gums and cause mouth sores from the friction. Dental implants provide a more pleasant experience.
A Natural Smile
Dentures may look fake or unnatural. Conversely, dental implants look perfectly natural and blend with the adjacent teeth. Choosing dental implants will give you all the functionality, aestheticts and comfort of natural teeth.
Due to these advantages, Dr JJ Serfontein prefers dental implants over dentures for tooth restoration.