Lack of teeth can lead to difficulty chewing and speaking and damage the esthetics of the face. With developments in medicine and dentistry particularly, innovative and advanced treatment methods have been introduces, the most prominent of which is dental implanting, which has become a favored solution over dentures amongst many for the problem of lack of teeth.
Dental Implanting – Advantages over Dentures or a Bridge
Nowadays, dental implanting is the favored solution of most patients, both young and old. It is not a surprise, considering the many advantages of implants over dentures. Among others, we can list the following advantages:
- Dental implants are a permanent solution, which is the closest to natural teeth. Dental implants can last many years, and in fact, once the bone is built around the implant, it becomes an inseparable part of the patient’s body.
- Natural look and feeling – dental implanting provides a solution which looks completely natural and as a result contributes to a natural feeling and self-confidence in the daily conduct of life. Following a dental implant it is possible to speak, eat and smile from ear to ear. In the case of dentures, sometimes the result is less successful from an esthetic aspect, when there is a visible gap between the teeth. With regards to extractable dentures, many patients find them difficult to adjust to, feel inconvenience and the sensation of a foreign body in the mouth, and fear the movement of the dentures while eating or speaking.
- Maintaining the ability to chew – dental implants function as teeth for all purposes, while dentures only retain about 10 percent of the natural chewing ability. Beyond the inconvenience and the inability to enjoy food, the damage to chewing leads to poor nutrition and indigestion.
- Maintaining the jaw bone – the absence of a tooth leads to gradual deterioration of the jaw bone due to lack of use. Extractable dentures only retain about a tenth of the patient’s chewing ability, therefore do not enable maintaining the bone. On the other hand, dental implants function as teeth for all purposes. They create pressure on the bone while chewing and help maintain a strong bone.
- Maintaining strong jaw muscles – damage to the chewing ability leads in time to the weakening of the chewing muscles and the muscle tone. A sunken look in the cheeks may appear as a result. While dental implanting maintains the natural chewing ability, dentures lead to a lower chewing ability.
- Maintaining the condition of adjacent teeth – dental implants do not have an adverse effect on the condition of adjacent teeth, and a dental implant even contributes to maintaining their health. A denture creates excess pressure on adjacent teeth supporting it, and as a result most teeth may be lost at an early stage.
The high success rates of dental implanting procedures and the variety of methods make it easier for many patients to choose dental implanting over the solution of dentures. Many choose to undergo single day dental implanting in order to spare a traditional implanting procedure which may span several meetings over long months. Dental implanting under full anesthesia helps people with extreme dental anxiety undergo the treatment.
And still, there are cases where patients are unable to undergo dental implanting for health reasons and they require dentures, although nowadays, even for patients who are told they have bone deficiency at a critical level which does not enable regular dental implanting, there is a solution many prefer over dentures, in the form of basal implanting. Moreover, patients with limited financial resources choose dentures since it is a cheaper solution than dental implants.