Often times, patients who initially opt for removable dentures, change their minds and switch to dental implants. This is because dentures come with a lot of negative side effects. Patients often complain of discomfort, difficulty eating or speaking, and displeasure with their appearance. Dental implants, however, both look and feel like real teeth. They act on your jaw the way normal tooth roots would to stimulate bone and tissue growth. Additionally, they have a more realistic appearance, so you can feel more confident.
Here are some key differences between dental implants and removable dentures:
Dental implants, in all the above aspects, are a better alternative to removable dentures. They provide increased stability, improved functionality, and are overall more practical. If you currently wear dentures and experience constant difficulty, dental implants may be the perfect solution.
- Compatibility with the body – Dentures are made from acrylic, plastic, and cast metal. These are foreign materials to the body which cause irritation. Dental implants are composed of titanium which is able to naturally fuse with bone mass.
- Stability – Dentures are not held in a fixed position. They rest on the gums and often slide around in the mouth, which causes difficulty eating and speaking. Dental implants actually cannot be removed without additional surgery. This is because they are fused with the jawbone the same way natural tooth roots would be.
- Replaceable number of teeth – Dentures can only replace multiple, consecutive teeth. Dental implants, in fact, can replace any number of teeth from one to all.
- Sustainability – As a result of deterioration, dentures become ill-fitting over time and need to be replaced about every 5 years. Dental implants, however, generally do not need to be replaced. With proper care and hygiene, they can last a lifetime.
- Interaction with the jawbone – Because dentures rest on the gums and do not interact with the jaw, patients will experience deterioration over time. Dental implants work like normal teeth to strengthen bone and preserve the facial structure.
Dr. Lara Tull Ryan, located in Overland Park, KS, is a Periodontist who services patients from Shawnee, KS, Leawood, KS, and Lenexa, KS. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!