In modern dentistry, dental implants are considered the “gold standard” for replacing one or multiple missing teeth. In the past, teeth were often replaced by dentures or dental bridges, but dental implants have surpassed these options, and offer a better alternative.
So, why should you opt for dental implants instead of dentures? Let’s discuss just a few of the reasons below.
First and foremost, dental implants last longer than dentures. Your dental implants can be expected to last 30+ years with proper care, and most patients keep their implants for the rest of their lives. In addition, your implant restoration, such as a dental crown, which is attached to the implant, will last 15+ years with proper care.
In contrast, dentures may need to be replaced or relined every 5 years. Though dental implants may be more expensive up-front, they can be a lower cost option in the long term.
Dental implants aren’t always used to restore just one or two teeth. Using the All-On-4 concept for dental implants, OMSNashville’s oral surgeons can restore a full arch of teeth with four implants on the day of surgery. This means dental implants can be used to replace both partial and full traditional dentures.
Dental implants are placed directly into the jaw bone. The pressure of chewing and smiling with a dental implant helps strengthen and protect your jaw bone, keeping your mouth healthy.
Dentures, in contrast, do not strengthen or maintain your jaw bones. Over time, the bone beneath your dentures can continue to weaken or resorb, which can lead to changes in your facial structure and loss of bone that may be needed if a patient later chooses to pursue implant restorations.
Perhaps one of the best reasons to get dental implants is that they look and feel completely natural. Unlike dentures, you never have to worry about your teeth shifting or moving, and caring for dental implants is just as easy as caring for your natural teeth. This makes your life more convenient and comfortable.
Dental implants are the best long-term option for restoring missing teeth and your smile. So don’t wait. If you are missing one or more teeth and considering implants, schedule a consultation today with our Middle Tennessee based Oral Surgery Team to see if this option is right for you.