Longevity is one of the chief advantages of choosing dental implants over dentures and other treatments used to replace missing teeth. Dentures typically need repaired or replaced to adjust to the deterioration of the gums and jaw bone that occurs as we age. Dental implants, however, will never need to be swapped out as long as they are well cared for and the patient practices good oral hygiene. Dental implants also have an extremely high success rate and effectively integrate with the jaw bone in 97% of cases. Implants also offer more comfort and stability than dentures because of their ability to fuse with your jaw bone and perform just like natural teeth. Even the best fitting dentures cannot offer the same security since they are still removable and cannot conform to your mouth in the same organic manner as dental implants.
Because dentures and fixed bridges do not stimulate the jaw bone, you will experience ongoing bone loss if you do not replace missing teeth with dental implants. Over time, bone loss will create problems with the healthy teeth that remain and will ultimately have a detrimental impact on your facial appearance, diet, and denture fit. It is crucial to replace missing teeth before these side effects set in. By waiting to replace missing teeth, you risk becoming disqualified for dental implants altogether or needing to undergo a bone grafting procedure to restore your eligibility for implants.
If you opt to undergo dental implant surgery, it is imperative that you maintain and care for your implants just like you would natural teeth. You should practice a good oral hygiene regimen that includes daily brushing, and bi-annual check-ups and cleanings.
Dr. Heather Richardson of Denver Periodontics & Implant Dentistry in Centennial, Colorado specialize in all areas of dentistry related to periodontal (gum) disease, including the placement of dental implants. Although general dentists can treat many periodontal related issues, Dr. Richardson may be the best option if you have a more severe or complicated case.
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