Why Are Dental Implants Better than Dentures or Bridges?

Why Are Dental Implants Better than Dentures or Bridges?

 

If you are missing teeth, you may be weighing the pros and cons of replacement options. On the one hand, dentures or bridges may seem like a non-invasive, cost-effective option for replacing missing teeth. On the other hand, dental implants have additional advantages to other tooth replacement methods that make them worth the investment.

Consulting with your regular dentist or another dental professional can help you make an informed decision about how to best replace your teeth. Before taking the next step, here are some points of comparison to consider:

Bridges vs. Dental Implants

Compared to dental implants, bridges appear to be a less invasive alternative. After all, no surgery is required to install a bridge. Even so, getting a bridge causes damage to the surrounding teeth and may lead to bone loss.

To install a bridge, a dentist needs to mill down healthy teeth. Removing enamel from adjacent teeth leaves them susceptible to bacterial growth that could potentially lead to tooth decay and gum disease. In contrast, dental implants leave your natural teeth in their original condition.

Bridges do not apply any pressure on the jawbone, so the bone isn’t stimulated and begins to shrink. Conversely, once the dental implants are in place, they make contact with your natural teeth, encouraging new growth in the jawbone.

When it comes to cleaning, dental implants are the winner. Dental implants can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth, but bridges are difficult to floss. In addition to flossing between the teeth, you need to run floss under the false teeth to remove all the debris.

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Dentures vs. Dental Implants

Dentures Dentures are a non-invasive option for tooth replacement, but they can be uncomfortable and inconvenient.

Once you have your dentures, you’ll need to get used to them. It takes some muscle control to hold dentures in place, so they don’t slip. Adhesives may be needed to help them stay put. When you first get dentures, you may have to practice speaking and eating with them in.

Over time, you will need to be careful about what you eat, especially crunchy or chewy foods that provide fiber and nutrients for a healthy diet.

Dentures can also be uncomfortable. They can irritate your gums and even cause sores and inflammation. Food can get trapped in the gaps between your dentures and your gums, causing discomfort and encouraging bacteria growth. To clean your dentures, you can’t brush and floss them like the rest of your teeth. Instead, you need to remove them and use special cleaners.

Unlike dental implants, dentures do not look natural. With dental implants, your natural gums show and the prosthetic crown looks exactly like a natural tooth. Dentures show acrylic instead of gum tissue, creating an artificial appearance.

Dental Implants as a Long-term Investment

Even with all the advantages dental implants have over bridges and dentures, they can still seem like a big financial commitment. However, if you think about the longevity of dental implants, you can see how you end up getting more for your money.

When you pay for dental implants, you are getting a permanent solution to tooth loss. Bridges last somewhere between 10 and 15 years. Because dentures wear out, lose their fit, or fracture, they need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years, so the money adds up. Dental implants are good for over 50 years. That’s a lifetime of value in a one-time investment.

If you’re interested in a permanent, attractive, comfortable, and convenient approach to tooth replacement, dental implants may be the right solution for you. For a one-time investment in dental implant surgery, you get a lifetime enjoyment from a beautiful and healthy smile that is easy to care for.

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