Swapping your dentures for dental implants can transform your life.
Dentures and partials have been helping people with extensive or complete tooth loss restore their smiles for decades. They are an affordable solution that yields quick and effective results. Even today, they remain a popular choice among adults and seniors. However, they aren’t without their flaws.
Dentures aren’t perfect.
Dentures can feel uncomfortable, may slip out of place and, more seriously, contribute to gradual loss of bone density in the jaw. These faults don’t mean they are a poor choice for everyone, but it brings up the question of, “What can I do instead?” Technology has helped us find the answer—dental implants!
Meet dental implants.
Dental implants are a surgical restorative procedure that has skyrocketed in popularity over recent years for good reason. The procedure is done by a skilled physician who surgically places a titanium post in the jaw and attaches a prosthetic tooth on top.
Dental implants mimic natural teeth, look beautiful, and are permanent. In fact, they have very few negatives, though there is a longer healing period and the cost of dental implants is pricier. For someone wearing dentures, implant-supported dentures are an ideal option, replacing your complete smile with only 4 to 6 implant posts per arch.
How You’ll Benefit After Switching from Dentures to Dental Implants
Here are 6 ways you’ll benefit from dental implants or implant-supported dentures.
1. You won’t need to worry about embarrassing slippage when you’re eating or talking.
Dentures slipping out of a place are a common complaint. At best having them slipping out of place is an annoyance. But when they slip out while eating, talking, and sharing a laugh with loved ones, you can feel embarrassed and frustrated.
Implant-supported dentures don’t slip. They are firmly in place, attached to the implant posts that certainly won’t be budging. Worrying about slippage will be a thing of the past.
2. You’ll feel the security and stability in your smile.
It can take a while to get used to wearing dentures, but some never quite feel comfortable with theirs, even if they do fit perfectly. In response to this, you might find yourself hesitating before talking or eating can happen.
Implant-supported dentures also take a brief period to get used to, but the difference is you’ll be able to feel the stability and security they offer. You’ll mentally and physically trust in your smile.
3. You can once again enjoy the foods you did before dentures.
Dentures often lead to a soft-foods diet, limiting not only your personal enjoyment of food but also the nutrition you might get from your diet. Implant-supported dentures don’t cause dietary restrictions.
Implant-supported dentures restore up to 80% or more of your natural biting force. This means you can safely and easily eat fresh fruit and produce, a nice steak, or anything else you’d like. Many patients see a boost to their overall health as they’re able to eat a wider variety of foods.
4. You can ditch the messy adhesives and special cleaning products for dentures.
Dentures require adhesives, a special care routine, and denture-specific care products. Implant-supported ones require no adhesives and only need a very simple care regimen to keep them clean. If you’ve received individual dental implants to replace a small partial denture, you can care for these implants just like natural teeth (i.e. floss and brush).
5. Your facial structure will look more full and youthful.
Dentures give the appearance of a full smile, but you might find that your face looks more aged if you’ve been wearing some for a while. This problem can’t really be avoided as muscle and bone loss naturally occur with tooth loss.
Implant-supported dentures prevent muscle loss and bone loss as they work just like natural teeth under the surface. With your new implant-supported ones, you’ll find that your face looks fuller and more youthful.
6. Bone loss in your jaw will be halted and bone health preserved.
Bone loss is the primary negative of tooth loss, and it can have detrimental results. Bone loss in the jaw can’t be reversed, just as teeth can’t be regrown. Dentures slow bone loss, but they don’t stop it. This is why you may need to periodically get new ones as your jaw bone shrinks, resulting in them slipping out of the place constantly.
The implant posts in implant-supported dentures work just like the roots of natural teeth. Even if your implant-supported ones utilize 4, 6, or 8 dental implants, you’ll still be halting bone loss in your jaw in a way no other restorative dental care procedure can.
You’ll feel great knowing your dental implant surgery is a permanent solution.
We find one of the greatest benefits of switching from dentures to dental implants is the huge boost of self-confidence and inner contentment.
Your implants are permanent, and your implant-supported denture prosthetic will last for many years before needing to be replaced. Though the initial investment into dental implant surgery is higher than dentures, the numerous benefits and permanence make it a highly-valued alternative.
Ready to learn more about upgrading to dental implants? Book a consultation to get started!
Eager to learn how you can make the switch from dentures or partials to dental implants or implant-supported dentures? Start your smile journey by calling our Marietta office to book a consultation. You can also fill out this easy online form if you prefer.
Our doctors and the Tomasik Family Dental team look forward to helping you with your new dental implants.