For the longest time, dentures have been the go to treatment for missing teeth. This is because dentures provide a restoration that is both quick and affordable. However, dentures also have a reputation for being uncomfortable and unreliable. It is for these reasons that more and more patients are choosing to use dental implants for their teeth restoration treatment instead of dentures. Only dental implants provide beautiful replacement teeth that are permanent and stable. Today, Dr. Maggie Chao is blogging from Pleasanton, CA to talk about exactly what it is about dental implants that makes them a better treatment for missing teeth than dentures.
What sets dental implants apart from dentures is the fact that, much like your natural teeth, implants are directly fused to your jawbone. During the implant procedure, an implant fixture is placed in the empty space left behind by your jawbone. While healing, a process called osseointegration causes your implant fixture to be integrated into your jaw structure. This process is only possible because dental implants are made from titanium, which is a metal that your body doesn’t recognize as unnatural. Through this process, your body learns to accept your dental implants as being no different from any of your natural teeth.
Dental implants receive many exclusive benefits because of osseointegration. For instance, your implants should never get loose or move out of place because they are held permanently in position by your jawbone and gums. And, implants manage to stay in place with no additional work on your part. Dentures, on the other hand, sit uncomfortably on your gums and can require a messy adhesive in order to stay in place. Even with this adhesive, dentures can still fall out of place, which can actually damage your remaining natural teeth if you are not careful.
Not only will you most likely have to purchase an adhesive for your dentures, but you will also have to put out the money for the cleaning solution that you will be required to soak your dentures in every night. Even with this additional care, your dentures will still need to be replaced about every seven years. With dental implants, you will not need to do anything extra to keep your teeth healthy. You will simply brush and floss your teeth regularly like you always would. And, so long as you keep your maintenance routine up, your implants can end up lasting you a lifetime.
As you can see, the treatment offered by dental implants simply cannot be matched by dentures alone. However, implants can actually be used to support dentures, allowing them to provide many of the benefits that come from osseointegration. If you would like to learn more about why you should choose to restore your missing teeth with dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider, Dr. Chao today. We look forward to helping you restore your beautiful smile soon!
Dr. Maggie Chao
1475 Cedarwood Lane Suite C
Pleasanton, CA 94566
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Wednesday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Friday: 9AM – 4:30PM