For the longest time, dentures were the go to method of restoring missing teeth. Recently, however, this has begun to change. At City Center Dental Care, we’ve noticed more and more of our patients are choosing to use dental implants to restore their missing teeth instead of dentures. This is primarily because only dental implants provide a teeth restoration treatment that is permanent and comfortable. Today, Dr. William Griffin is blogging from his Newport News, VA practice to explain exactly what makes dental implants such a good alternative to treatment with dentures. With this information, we believe our current and prospective patients will agree that dental implants are currently the best possible restoration treatment for missing teeth available.
A New Treatment for a New Age
Dental implants are quickly starting to replace dentures when it comes to teeth restoration treatments because of their permanence. Implants are placed in the space formerly occupied by the missing tooth. The implant fixture is made from titanium, a metal the body doesn’t recognize as a foreign material, which causes the jawbone and surrounding gums to accept the fixture as a natural tooth root. This process, called osseointegration, is what allows your dental implants to work and feel just like your natural teeth. It is also this process that keeps your implants permanently and securely in place.
Unlike dental implants, which are directly fused to your jawbone, dentures sit uncomfortably on your gums. They often require an adhesive and, even then, rarely manage to stay in place. Your implants are held in place by your jawbone and gums, meaning they will never move or get loose. Dentures also need to be taken out every night and soaked in a cleaning solution to stay healthy, and they will still need to be replaced almost every seven years. Dental implants require nothing more than normal brushing and flossing to stay healthy and strong for a lifetime.
One other benefit that is exclusive to dental implants is the fact that with implants, you won’t have to worry about experiencing bone loss or gum recession. What many people don’t realize is that your jawbone and gums are like a muscle, and need to be exercised by your teeth in order to stay strong and healthy. When you lose a tooth, that section of the gums and jawbone is no longer getting the exercise it needs. Because your implants are directly connected to your jawbone and gums, they are able to provide the exercise your jaw structure needs.
Call and Schedule a Consultation with Dr. William Griffin
As you can see, the treatment offered by dental implants simply cannot be matched by dentures. Dental implants can even work with dentures to provide even more treatment options for our patients suffering from missing teeth. If you would like to find out whether or not you might make a good candidate for treatment with dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. William Griffin today. We look forward to helping you restore your beautiful smile soon!