Dental implants are 98% successful in replacing missing teeth and recommended by many dentists. However, dentures and dental bridges have effectively treated patients for many years. Because of this, many people may wonder why they should use dental implants instead.
There are a number of jokes surrounding dentures and their tendency to slip. While the adhesive used for dentures is very strong, they do become loose over time as you lose bone and your jaw changes shape. Dental implants are secured directly into the jaw by a titanium screw that mimics the root of a natural tooth. Your implants should never move, so you can speak and smile with confidence.
Slipping dentures can pinch and bruise. The way dental implants are secured mimics the behavior of natural teeth. Implants should not only look but feel just like real teeth; you shouldn’t even notice they’re there.
Maintain Your Lifestyle
One of the biggest downsides to dentures is the way they can limit your diet. Anything crunchy or chewy can damage your dentures, and all the chewing can even hurt your gums. Because dental implants so closely replicate natural teeth, you can eat what you want and care for all your teeth as normal.
A Longterm Investment
Many people are scared of the cost of dental implants. It is true that they are typically the most expensive tooth-replacement option. However, with proper care, they can be expected to last as much as three times as long or longer than a dental bridge. Dental bridges also require damaging two otherwise healthy teeth for the supportive crowns. It is important to think of dental implants as an investment in your present and long-term dental health.
Schedule a Consultation
We are sure you have questions about this effective surgical procedure. Drs. Alan Dechter and Matthew Moy would be happy to answer any questions and help you decide whether dental implants are the right choice for you. To schedule a consultation, contact us on our website or at (301) 508-9755.