The growing popularity of dental implants may be about to put the denture industry into steep decline.
While dentures have long been the traditional choice to replace multiple missing teeth, dental implants offer a number of benefits that dentures do not. According to the American Dental Association, more than 5 million implants are done each year, nationwide.
So, why is the popularity of this restoration technique on the rise? More patients are choosing implants over dentures because of their superior fit, function, appearance and ease of care.
How Dentures Feel and Function
Though most patients eventually get used to wearing dentures, they never feel like they’re really part of your mouth. They are also uncomfortable, and can make the gums sore and irritated.
Many denture wearers also experience an increase in saliva flow for a few weeks, and it may take at least that long before the facial muscles and tongue learn to hold dentures in place.
Many denture wearers have to use adhesives to hold their plates in place, but some of these products can cause an allergic reaction, while others contain potentially toxic ingredients.
As for function, certain foods — including raw vegetables, red meat and hard or sticky foods — can be difficult to eat with dentures.
In addition, dentures can slip or feel unstable when you chew. Some patients also report that foods taste different with dentures, though the sense of taste may improve over time.
Wearing dentures can cause some people to inadvertently make embarrassing sucking or clicking noises, or to expel saliva while talking.
How Dental Implants Feel and Function
Dental implants, on the other hand, feel and function exactly like natural teeth.
The healing process for this procedure may take up to several months, but after that, the implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. And with proper care — nothing more than brushing and flossing and seeing the dentist regularly — implants can last a lifetime.
In contrast, denture wearers may find that they need adjustments or even replacements over time.
Dental implants give you the strength to bite and chew any food. With this type of tooth replacement, you can continue to eat all of your favorite foods with no changes in taste. Even better, because implants have no nerve endings, you won’t feel any sensitivity to hot or cold.
So, you may be able to enjoy foods and drinks that you previously couldn’t.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Almost everyone is a candidate for dental implants.
Age doesn’t matter, for one. As long as you are a reasonably healthy adult — that is, if you are in good enough health for a tooth extraction or other dental work — you can likely have implants.
Are you missing teeth? Are you tired of the constant hassle of wearing dentures? Call today to schedule a consultation with the professionals at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah.
You won’t believe how much dental implants will change your life!