When it comes to functionality and satisfaction, your natural teeth are best. But what happens when you lose a tooth? Some of your teeth? Or all of your teeth? That is where the evolution of dentistry has provided the best alternative… dental implants. Please read on to compare Dentures vs Dental Implants.
When people are missing all of their teeth, they consider dentures because that has been the customary choice for ages. However, a seasoned denture wearer can confirm that they often lose their fit over time and start shifting and cause discomfort. Wearing dentures can also allow your jaw to shrink over time because there are no longer teeth in place to retain and stimulate the bone.
The majority of denture wearers are not aware of the impact their jaw has on their smile and facial structure. After experiencing typical frustrations with dentures, they seek another more comfortable long term solution so they can eat the foods that they enjoy. Unfortunately, some have experienced so much bone loss that they are potentially not candidates for implants any longer, or they require bone to be added so they can accommodate a dental implant.
Jaw bone loss may sound as though it’s an internal concern that only your dentist would be aware of through an x-ray. In fact, the result is visible especially with multiple tooth losses over time. What happens is your lips gradually cave inwards, your nose tips down and appears larger. In addition, proper nutrition is difficult for people with missing teeth because chewing hard healthy foods like fruits, raw vegetables and meat is harder due to their reduced ability to bite. This may lead to larger systemic issues related to your heart, digestive system and overall health and wellness.
Dental implants have been around for decades and their retention rate is well over 95% so you can have peace of mind in knowing that you have a permanent solution that replicates your natural teeth in both form and function. Their initial investment is higher than dentures; however, the maintenance of your jaw bone, chewing ability and facial structure is priceless. While the initial investment for dentures is lower, if you factor in the discomfort and regular denture adjustment appointments to endure, the cost of dental implants has been proven to be comparable if not more economical in the long run.
Studies have shown psychological improvement for people who opt for dental implants compared to their previous denture usage. Just like your natural teeth, dental implants help improve your vitality and zest for life through proper nutrition and prevent the appearance of premature aging.
Talk to us about your dental implant options during your complimentary consultation. Call us today at 905-858-2345 to reach our office in Mississauga, Ontario.
Dr. Kate Bazydlo, Winston Churchill Dental