This page serves to offer some more information on dental implants, we hope that you will find it informative. Call our office today to set up a consultation & take your first step to a stronger & healthier smile.
Advantages of Implants over Dentures & Bridges
Implants offer several important benefits over dentures & bridges, often representing the most cost effective choice over the long run. If one or more teeth in your mouth is already compromised, implants can be the best path toward peace of mind- skipping the hassle of complicated efforts to save & repair teeth by replacing them entirely. The next two sections will highlight the advantages of implants versus the other two most common methods of tooth replacement.
Dental Implants vs. Bridges
A dental bridge is a method used to replace missing or problem teeth by connecting artificial teeth to neighboring healthy teeth. One or two artificial teeth may be created to match the rest of a patient’s teeth. The artificial teeth are then attached to adjacent healthy teeth after the healthy teeth are ground down & capped so that they can accommodate the bridge. When the adjacent healthy teeth are modified, their integrity can be somewhat compromised. A study by the American Dental Association estimates that most bridges last about 10 years.
In situations where only one or two teeth need to be replaced, and adjacent teeth are healthy enough for bridges, implants are still often a better choice. Although implants are sometimes more costly, they normally last a lifetime. Implants also do not require grinding of healthy teeth as they do not depend on any other teeth for support.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Implants offer many benefits over dentures, from long term costs to basic day-to-day use, they often represent a better investment. In practical terms, denture-wearers are often limited in the variety of foods that they consume, either worrying about damaging their mouth when eating certain items, or not being able to eat something altogether. Dentures provide about a quarter of the natural chewing power of real teeth or implanted teeth. When compared to implants, dentures do not behave like normal teeth at all- they require adhesive to stay in place, and must be removed at night.
As dentures are used over the years, they can grind & slip against the supporting structure of the jaw, leading to progressive bone loss directly under the areas where the denture is supported. This can lead to “sunken in” looking jaws where bone loss has occurred and facial muscles and lip areas sink in towards the back of the mouth over time.
If you are looking for the healthiest long term solution- and don’t want to deal with putting in, taking out, and being careful with dentures when you eat, implants represent a great alternative. Call Dr. Carroll’s office today and speak to an experienced member of our staff for more information.
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Mar 20, 2015
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