Many patients with removable dentures end up switching over to dental implants for several reasons. Dental implants look and function just like your real teeth and do not have many of the complications associated with dentures. You can improve your quality of life and feel more confident when you smile with dental implants from Dr. Pierce Osborne, Dr. Michael Curry, and Dr. Wes Shelton.
Bone Loss and Missing Teeth
Your teeth are important to your oral health so when you lose a tooth, you increase the risk of several oral health problems and jaw bone loss. When there is no tooth structure to stimulate the jaw bone, it may begin to deteriorate. Since dental implants are fused directly into the jaw bone, they work to stimulate the jaw just like your real teeth. Click on the pictures below to see the progression of bone loss after losing a single tooth.
Characteristics of Dental Implants
- Titanium composition. Titanium is naturally compatible with the body and fuses with the jaw bone easily.
- Provide stability – The base of the implant functions just like the tooth root and fits securely into the jaw bone.
- High success rate. Dental implants can replace one or several missing teeth with a high success rate.
- Preserves jaw bone. Dental implants stimulate the jaw bone so they can help prevent bone loss.
Characteristics of Dentures
- Non-compatible materials. Dentures are made with acrylic, plastic, cast metal, and other materials that can irritate the gum tissue.
- Instability. Dentures are not placed in a fixed location so they can move easily.
- Replaces several teeth. Typically, you must be missing several teeth to be a candidate for dentures.
- Require replacement. Dentures need to be refitted or replaced every five to seven years.
- Contribute to bone loss. Dentures sit on top of the gums which means lack of jaw bone stimulation.
Dental implants are a viable tooth replacement option for adults and can be used to replace a single missing tooth or an entire arch of missing teeth. For more information about dentures and dental implants in Arkansas, schedule your consultation with Dr. Osborne, Dr. Curry, or Dr. Shelton today!