While dentures and dental implants are both able to improve your quality of life and provide you with a working set of teeth, there are many reasons why dental implants from Dr. Dennis Prat in Oakland, CA have become the preferred treatment of replacing missing teeth in most cases.
The downsides of dentures are well known. They can irritate the gums and present difficulties with speaking or eating. Tooth implants, on the other hand, are so much like your natural teeth that they require no extra maintenance and typically present no difficulties with normal function. Further, when teeth are missing from the jaw bone, the bone recedes over time. Dentures are not able to curb this recession, but because dental implants replace the root as well as the crown of the tooth, they prevent bone loss by stimulating the jaw bone in a way that dentures cannot.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Dental Implants
- A tooth implant is made from titanium, a substance that is naturally compatible with the body.
- Tooth implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone to provide a stable bite.
- Implants can be used to replace any number of teeth.
- Tooth implants do not typically need to be replaced as long as good oral hygiene is practiced and exams along with professional cleanings are maintained.
- They stimulate the jaw bone and prevent bone loss.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Dentures
- Dentures are not made from materials compatible with the body and can irritate the gums.
- Dentures are unstable and can present difficulty eating or talking.
- Dentures are typically only used to replace a large number of teeth.
- It is not unusual for dentures to need to be replaced or adjusted every five to seven years as a result of further changes to your mouth or further bone loss.
- They do not prevent bone loss.
If you are interested in dental implants or dentures in Oakland, CA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Prat today. We can further discuss the advantages of implants over dentures for tooth replacement.