A common question patients ask is if dentures are better than full mouth dental implants. For many patients, dentures seem like the cheapest and easiest option. Unfortunately, many dentists consider dentures to be a short-term solution, though some patients have worn them for decades. If you’re faced with the possibility of needing to replace all your teeth, you may be considering dentures. We encourage you to learn more about this option and why dentures often are not better than dental implants as a long-term tooth replacement.
How dental implants are a better solution than dentures
Three main features distinguish full mouth dental implants from dentures, including:
Only dental implants will provide enough stability to feel like you have all your natural teeth once again. Dentures only replace 10 percent of biting and chewing power, while dental implants replace over 99 percent. Similarly, while dentures adhere to your gums with natural suction and pastes, dental implants are permanently secured into your jawbone. Dentures also will become loose and ill-fitting over time as your jawbone resorbs. Because dental implants mimic the bone stimulation of natural tooth roots, this resorption process will be halted.
Dentures have historically been known to have obvious aesthetic limitations. Though modern dentures look and feel more like natural teeth, they’re still made from materials that aren’t entirely lifelike. Full mouth dental implants, however, are made from porcelain or zirconia materials, which by nature mimic the natural color and translucency of real teeth. They are also incredibly strong and durable, so they feel like real teeth, too.
It’s no secret that long-time denture wearers experience a significant decline in their overall health. This is generally due to the limitations dentures put on a person’s diet because of the instability when biting and chewing. Full mouth dental implants are permanently secured in your mouth, allowing you to eat with strong and stable teeth. You’ll be able to improve your oral and physical health. The life-changing improvements can give you a boost to your self-confidence and emotional health, too.
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