Advantages of Dental Implants

Advantages of Dental Implants - Rancho San Diego Dental

Dental implants look, work and feel just like your natural teeth

According to statistics, 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to gum disease, an accident, a failed root canal or tooth decay. By age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.

Dentures can make a person look and feel older than they really are. They can also cause embarrassment when they slip and click. Implants integrate into your jawbone just like a natural tooth root. So there is no slippage. And they are made of strong and durable titanium, and can outlast most natural teeth!

Over the last decade, with improvements in implant technology, implants have been viewed by the dental community as the Gold Standard in long-term tooth replacement. Our team of implant specialists has extensive experience in implant placement and use the latest equipment and techniques to optimize results.

Main problems Dentures have that are solved by Dental Implants

  • Dentures can slip out during eating or speaking.
  • Dentures are fairly bulky and cover the roof of the mouth (palate) which can feel uncomfortable and can interfere with speech and the sensation of taste.
  • Dentures often have a clicking sound while the person is eating.
  • Dentures have to be removed every day for cleaning and can require adhesives to keep them in place.
  • Dentures are unstable and can move during chewing. They are also incapable of allowing for the same chewing forces as natural teeth. Denture users are forced to restrict their diet and since they may end up avoiding solid food like fruits, vegetables and meats, their health can be compromised.
  • Probably the most serious issue with dentures, and leaving teeth un-replaced, is bone loss. Teeth and their chewing action are an integral part of the health of the jawbone. When a tooth is lost, the supporting bone loses its stimulation and proceeds to decrease in density and volume. Research estimates that 25% of bone loss occurs in the first year and continues on. Implants act as natural teeth in maintaining jawbone.
  • The progressive bone loss can cause various complications in denture-wearers: the loss of bone makes it hard to even support dentures and in advanced stages of bone loss the nerves become exposed. As a result wearing dentures becomes painful.
  • Bone loss affects facial aesthetics. The facial height between the tip of the nose and chin can decrease causing dramatic facial changes. These include pronounced wrinkles around the mouth, thinning lips, dropping curvature of the lips and sagging facial skin. These changes happen with age but are vastly sped up in the case of bone loss.

The advantage of Dental Implants over Dental Bridges

Advantages of Dental Implants - Rancho San Diego Dental

In using a Dental Bridge to replace a missing tooth, your surrounding natural teeth must be drilled down.

Advantages of Dental Implants - Rancho San Diego Dental

With an implant, there is no need to alter your surrounding natural teeth.

A dental bridge is made of porcelain false teeth supported by adjacent natural teeth. The natural teeth must be drilled down and a crown placed to support the bridge. However, teeth that have been drilled are weaker and more sensitive, and more likely to decay.

There is no need to touch healthy adjacent teeth when an implant is utilized. And a dental implant, like natural teeth, actually prevents bone loss.

Bridges also usually have a shorter life span than implants. Bridges can last five to 15 years, with good oral hygiene and regular checkups. Implant-supported bridges, when cared for properly like natural teeth, can last for twenty-five years and more.

Treatment options

There are various implant treatment options to replace missing teeth. We evaluate each patient’s condition to advise them on the best solution for their situation.

To make an appointment, call 619.670.5571 (El Cajon) or 858.748.4802 (Poway) or click here to request an appointment online.

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