Some individuals who've had to have teeth removed, or who have lost teeth through accidents, may believe that dentures are the only option available to them. While dentures can provide a solution for some people, they can have several disadvantages. However, there is an alternative to dentures – the dental implant. There are many benefits to dental implants and they can greatly improve the quality of life for those who struggle with dentures.
Of all the solutions available for tooth loss, dental implants feel the most like natural teeth. As they are anchored in the jawbone, they provide a feeling of stability just like a natural tooth, and they look the most natural too.
Denture wearers can sometimes feel restricted in what food they can eat. For example they may tend to avoid sticky food that could get stuck in them or cause them to move. With dental implants there is no longer a need to worry about these problem foods.
Deterioration of the bone and gum tissue after losing a tooth can cause ill-fitting dentures leading to pain and discomfort due to movement and rubbing. Dental implants are a great solution to this pain as they are securely fixed in place and even reduce bone shrinkage associated with losing a tooth.
When having a bridge fitted, the surrounding teeth on either side often have to be shaved down, and the wear on these teeth increases. This can weaken otherwise good teeth. The benefit of dental implants is that all surrounding teeth remain untouched and the implanted tooth or teeth are individually supported.
Caring for dentures can require a lot of effort and prolonged soaking to ensure bad breath and infection are avoided. However dental implants are much easier to care for and should be treated in the same way as natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing.