Choosing the tooth-replacement technology that’s right for you is a big decision. That’s why it’s a good idea to find out what you can about the advantages and disadvantages of the alternatives before you make your final decision.
The Pros and Cons of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are porcelain structures that are designed to fill a gap in your smile of one or more teeth. One common concern about dental bridges is that they must be anchored to the permanent teeth on each side of the gap with strong adhesives.
Dental bridges offer some advantages, particularly when you compare them to dentures. Unlike dentures, dental bridges are not removable. That means you never have to take them out for cleaning and you won’t have to hassle with any foul-tasting adhesives.
The Downside of Dental Bridges
Although they provide some benefits, there are some disadvantages with dental bridges. For example, the natural teeth that anchor the dental bridge must be reshaped to adapt to the bridge. And this strain put on the healthy teeth can cause them to come loose or even fall out.
Another drawback with dental bridges is that they allow the jawbone beneath the bridge to resorb (dissolve). Dental implants promote healthy jawbone maintenance just like your natural teeth, but this is something that no other smile restoration technology can do.
Dental bridges are not designed to last as long as dental implants do. Another problem with dental bridges is that it’s difficult to clean around them and this can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.
The Downsides of Dentures
Fitting dentures is a common strategy for replacing missing teeth which dates back thousands of years. Unfortunately, dentures bring many negative consequences, including:
- Trouble eating, especially hard and crunchy foods
- Reduced nutritional intake
- Facial deformities
- Pain when eating
- Increased occurrences of gum disease and tooth loss
- Depletion of the jawbone
- Dentures slide around when eating causing embarrassment
- Unpleasant-tasting denture adhesives
Dentures can be painful, especially when they are not properly fitted. This often causes denture-wearers to not eat as much or to swallow their food without completely chewing it. This can lead to people receiving less nutrition and it can even cause digestive problems.
Dentures and Your Self-Esteem
Despite using the best available adhesives, your dentures can still slide around while you eat. They can even come out. This is extremely embarrassing. Some denture-wearers even become less willing to eat in public.
Over time, ill-fitting dentures can make the muscles in your face sag. This can ultimately result in severe disfigurement of your face. Your jaw can shift and this can make it look like you’re always frowning. Needless to say, this can exacerbate the denture-wearer’s sense of embarrassment.
Dentures and Jawbone Deterioration
Like muscles, bones need constant activity and stimulation. Because neither dentures nor dental bridges provide sufficient jawbone stimulation, both types of tooth-replacement can actually speed up the deterioration of your jawbone. This in turn can lead to the additional loss of teeth. Dental implants are the only type of smile restoration procedure that actually fortifies the health of your jaw.
Dental Implants—A Lasting Solution
Dental implants are the healthy and convenient way to restore your smile. They look and feel great, and you can treat them just like your natural teeth. Consider the advantages of dental implants over dentures and dental implants:
- Low hassle
- Low maintenance
- Protect your gums
- Feel free to eat what you want
- Fight against tooth loss
- Last indefinitely with proper care
- Indistinguishable from natural teeth
- Preserve your jawbone
- Protect the natural shape of your face
- Speak without frustration
Be Carefree and Healthy with Dental Implants
Dental implants are the restoration technology that fortifies your smile. Why risk undergoing the negative effects of dentures and dental bridges when you have access to this modern technology?
Dental Implants Are the Way to Go
As you can see, dental implants offer significant advantages over the major alternative treatments for missing teeth. Give us a call today and find out what dental implants can do to restore your smile.