The Benefits of Dental Implants Over Traditional Dentures

The Benefits of
Dental Implants Over Traditional Dentures

Losing a tooth is more than just a cosmetic concern – it can impact your confidence and daily life, affecting everything from your appearance to your ability to eat and speak. Fortunately, you can restore your missing tooth in various ways. Dental implants and traditional dentures are both dental procedures to replace missing teeth, but what sets them apart? This article explains why dental implants often stand out as the superior solution for stable and enduring tooth replacement.

Early Orthodontic Assessment

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement option involving the surgical placement of a metal root into the jaw bone. Afterward, an artificial tooth is attached to this implanted root. The artificial tooth not only restores the aesthetics of a natural tooth but also ensures efficient functionality while eating and speaking. For individuals who have lost or are in danger of losing all their teeth, All-on-4 implants offer a permanent solution to restore both dental function and appearance. The success of dental implants is well-documented, making them a highly effective and durable solution.

Traditional Dentures

Traditional dentures, on the other hand, offer a removable alternative for missing teeth. Crafted from materials like plastic, metal, or a combination of both, dentures are versatile solutions. They are designed to restore both the appearance and function of missing teeth. Partial dentures cater to the replacement of a few missing teeth, while complete dentures provide a comprehensive replacement for all missing teeth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Improved Aesthetics

Dental implants look natural; they replicate the subtle details of real teeth, like translucency and shade variations. This creates a seamless appearance that is indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Unlike a one-size-fits-all dentures, implants can be tailored to your facial features and desired smile dimensions. You can choose crown sizes, shapes, and shades to fit your needs.

Enhanced Function and Comfort

Dental implants are designed to integrate seamlessly with your jawbone, providing a secure and comfortable anchor for your new teeth. Unlike dentures that can slip, click, or cause irritation, implants can withstand a variety of functional forces. They are tough, and cannot warp, bend or buckle when pressure is exerted onto the tooth. With dental implants, you can enjoy any food you like without worrying about your teeth dislodging. They restore your natural biting and chewing ability, allowing you to savour your meals with confidence.

Long-Term Durability and Reliability

Dental implants are made from biocompatible materials like titanium. The body recognises the implant as a natural part of the body, which results in better integration and makes them strong and durable. With proper care, they can last a lifetime, reducing the need for repeated replacements. Having firmly anchored teeth provides long-lasting peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy life without worrying about your dental health.

Preserved Bone Health and Facial Structure

Dental implants keep your jawbone healthy and maintain a youthful facial appearance. A sturdy jawbone provides a reliable base for teeth, preventing gum disease. They also reduce the chances of cavities and problems in nearby teeth, while decreasing sensitivity. Lastly, implants help preserve bone in areas without teeth, improving overall oral health.

When are Dental Implants Not Suitable?

Before going ahead with dental implants, it is important to have your dentist conduct a thorough assessment and advise you accordingly. Several factors can affect the success rate of your implants, including:

  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease
    A history or current presence of periodontal disease can cause gum inflammation and lead to implant failure, as untreated gum disease erodes gums.
  • Smoking
    Smoking hinders healing by constricting blood vessels and reducing oxygen flow. This impacts long-term gum and bone health, and increases the risk of implant failure.
  • Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
    Regular teeth grinding during recovery can hinder osseointegration, the crucial process for successful dental implant bonding, increasing the risk of implant failure.
  • Diabetes
    Diabetes poses a risk for poor wound healing and impedes osseointegration, increasing the likelihood of implant failure.
  • Bisphosphonate (BP) therapy
    BP therapy, used for conditions like breast cancer and osteoporosis, raises the risk of bone necrosis after major dental procedures, including implants.
  • Radiation Therapy
    Patients undergoing head or neck radiation with doses exceeding a certain level show lower osseointegration levels over time, increasing the risk of implant failure.

While both dental implants and dentures effectively help one manage tooth loss, dental implants stand out with advantages in aesthetics, comfort, durability, and overall oral health. They contribute to preserving jawbone health, preventing gum disease, and reducing the risk of cavities in adjacent teeth.

Despite these benefits, dental implants may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, we highly encourage seeking professional dental advice and consultation. A personalised approach to dental care, guided by a thorough clinical assessment, ensures the best possible outcomes for those seeking a stable and enduring solution for tooth replacement. Ultimately, dental implants offer a pathway to a confident and healthy smile.

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