Benefits of Dental Implants
Although both tooth replacement options work, dental implants offer many benefits, including:
- Full function for biting and chewing
- Better comfort
- Support of gums and jawbone
Removable dentures limit your ability to bite and chew. You either have to limit your chewing, deal with dentures coming out of place, or just remove them for eating. Dental implants function like natural teeth and let you bite and chew normally. You can keep eating all your favorite foods without difficulty.
Dentures put pressure from biting and chewing on your gums. Your gums are soft tissue, not suited to the pressure, so they get sore. Dental implants direct pressure into the bones, which are strong enough to accept the pressure without soreness.
Removable partial dentures depend on your natural teeth for support. Metal hooks and clasps can scrape away at your teeth, leading to damage, and, eventually, more tooth loss. Even plastic structures accumulate plaque on your teeth, leading to more decay. Dental implants support themselves, so they put no extra strain on your natural teeth.
Dental implants can last a lifetime, though the crown or bridge might need to be replaced after 10-15 years. (However, some last 30 years or more!) Removable dentures are much less durable. They rarely last longer than eight years, and four is a more realistic lifespan for partial dentures made mostly of plastic. Expensive partial dentures made of metal can last longer.
Dental implants function like natural teeth. Because they bond to your jawbone, they stimulate the bone. Without stimulation, your body will remove bone it considers unnecessary, which can lead to a loss of jawbone. Jawbone loss leads to a shrinking face, an aged appearance, and an increased risk of a broken jawbone. Dental implants help you look younger longer.