Dentures are the go-to solution initially for many people after tooth loss occurs. While dentures can restore appearance, they are not as much of a long-term solution as dental implants. Many dentists recommend patients replace their dentures with dental implants for increased comfort, improved function and to enjoy a range of other benefits.
Dental implants as a replacement and alternative to dentures
Dentures rest upon the gums, whereas dental implants are fixed into the jawbone for a secure hold of the artificial tooth. Subsequently, dental implants offer many benefits and are more of a long-term solution than dentures, which is why they are highly recommended among dental professionals.
A review of dental implants
Dental implants are a popular form of teeth replacement that involves placing a screw-like dental post into the jawbone where a missing tooth (or a section or row of missing teeth) exists. Attached to the dental implants are an abutment and an artificial teeth replacement. The teeth replacement may be similar to traditional dentures, but they are permanently fixed into place for a more secure and long-term hold. The treatment process is longer than traditional dentures, but many patients prefer the long-term benefits that dental implants can offer, which include fewer dietary restrictions, an easy oral care routine and a more comfortable feel.
Replacing dentures with dental implants
There is a common process involved with dental implants. Patients who have worn dentures for a long time may have experienced bone loss in areas where teeth are missing. If this occurs, they may need a bone grafting procedure before the dental implants are placed. After bone grafting (if it is necessary) and the mouth heals, the dental implants are placed into the jawbone, where osseointegration takes place and the implant(s) fuse together with the natural bone inside the jaw. The abutment and implant-supported dentures are then permanently fixed to the dental implant, completing the restoration process.
When to replace dentures with dental implants
Many patients choose dentures initially as treatment is faster. However, patients often prefer dental implants due to their long-term benefits. Patients who prefer non-removable replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth should consider switching from dentures to dental implants. Regardless of the number of teeth being replaced, dental implants are a viable solution for patients with dentures.
Recovering after dental implants placement
One main concern that holds patients back from switching from dentures to dental implants is the recovery process after implants placement. However, patients can ensure a more comfortable and successful recovery by following the dentist’s post-care instructions, which may include keeping the mouth clean, eating a soft diet and checking for complications.
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