Dental implants are the best solution for natural tooth replacement. Most patients are good candidates for dental implants.
Dental implants are the optimal solution for replacing missing teeth. They are placed in a patient’s jaw and mimic the form of a natural tooth root. They look and function like natural teeth and allow patients to eat whatever foods they like
Dental implants allow you to:
Full and partial dentures actually contribute to bone loss, altering a person’s facial structure and creating an aged appearance. Bone loss is inevitable for a patient wearing dentures because there are no tooth roots in the bone.
When tooth roots are in place, the jawbone is in a constant state of remodeling, which simply means that while some bone cells are being destroyed, new ones are being made. If there are no tooth roots, there is nothing triggering the process of remodeling in the bone, and it begins to shrink.
Implants act just like tooth roots in the bone, stimulating the remodeling process and preventing the loss of jaw structure that occurs in patients wearing dentures, adding 10 or more years to their face.
Studies show that adults with partial and full dentures have significantly lower levels of 19 different nutrients when compared with adults without any missing teeth. These nutrients can be found in foods that are not easily consumed by patients with dentures, such as meats, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.br>
Studies show that adults with partial and full dentures have significantly lower levels of 19 different nutrients when compared with adults without any missing teeth. These nutrients can be found in foods that are not easily consumed by patients with dentures, such as meats, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
Something you may not know is that taste buds on the tongue need to interact with the roof of the mouth (palate) to fully taste foods. Many full dentures in the upper arch cover part or all of the palate, but this is not the case with dental implants, allowing you to not only eat but also enjoy the taste of a wide variety of foods!
Over 40% of patients with dentures have to replace their
denture within a 5-year period.
Results from a 4-year study show that only 80% of patients
with a partial denture still wear the denture after 1 year.
It’s commonly perceived that dentures are less costly than implants. Although implants may incur more of an initial cost, there are significant health benefits to support the investment in implants, and the long-term costs may be lower.
As bone loss occurs in the absence of bone remodeling, the dentures will no longer fit the jaw structure.
At this point, a patient has three choices:
Dental implants are a long-lasting, often permanent solution with a success rate of over 95%. Not only are they as fully functional as your original natural teeth, they are not removable, and they do not move around.
Remember when you only had to brush, floss, rinse, and see your dentist for regular checkups? With dental implants, you will have the same maintenance as you did with your natural teeth. You won’t need to worry about limitations on what you can eat, reapplying adhesive, or removing your teeth to soak them.
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