Why Choose Dental Implants?
More and more people are starting to choose dental implants as the best option to replace missing teeth. They can opt to get a single tooth replaced or even get a whole row of them put on the upper or lower part of their mouth. It seems like they prefer them over the choice of dentures, even though the latter is less expensive.
This is not a decision that should be reached lightly. It’s always best to do research, including looking at this post. In an attempt to help you, here are some of the benefits and some answers to the question, “Why Pick Dental Implants?”
You Regain The Feeling of Natural Teeth
When it comes to the differences between this and dentures, this part stands out the most. When you get dentures, there’s a learning curve in terms of speaking and eating. It can be challenging to learn how to hold them in when talking or chewing. On the other hand, with dental implants, once the replacement crown has been put into the abutment, it acts like a natural tooth. There’s no worry about it shifting around. You get back to talking and eating like you used to before.
No Extra Maintenance Needed
This is another big one. Denture wearers have to remove their dentures several times a day. They need to brush them with a special toothpaste – regular toothpaste can be too harsh on the material and wind up scratching it. They also have to soak the dentures every night in a special solution to keep them sterile. It’s important that they remember to do this… and also keep in mind that they have to handle the dentures with care.
Dental implants, on the other hand, don’t require any of this. They function just like regular teeth and people can just follow their usual brushing and flossing routine to keep any possible gum disease at bay. No soaking or anything else like that is needed. That means fewer things on their daily checklist.
They Are Quite Durable
As mentioned above, dentures are fragile. They may look a lot tougher than they are – like some movie stars – but they can break rather easily even in the most improbable scenarios… a short drop off a table onto a plush carpet, for example. And they are not long-lasting. Even with exquisite care, they need to be changed every 5-7 years with 10 years generally being the maximum.
Dental implant wearers, on the other hand, can enjoy something durable. They can’t eat everything they used to, but the exceptions are rare. Their lifespan is about 25 years, which is significantly longer than dentures.
Although all of this may sound great, that doesn’t mean that you will get them. Your dentist may examine you and find that you don’t have enough bone mass to hold the screw that acts as the replacement root. That screw fuses with the bone in a process called osseointegration. The dentist may try a bone graft, but even that might not work.
There are some people who do not want to wait the months that it takes for the osseointegration and the abutment insertion. It can take between 3-6 months. Having this in their mouth for 25 years may outweigh the few months of inconvenience. They may want something faster.
Finally, there’s the thorny topic of finances. Some people can’t afford dental implants, even if they do pay for themselves very quickly. That can play a big part, even with the possibility of paying for it over the course of several months or more. Then they may opt for the less-expensive dentures.
Don’t be afraid to consult the staff at Esthetix Dental Spa. They will be able to guide you carefully when it comes to deciding whether or not to get dental implants. Ask about them when you call them at 212-795-9675.