Replacing Dentures and Partials with Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Posted by Dr. Patel on Oct 29 2020, 03:15 AM

Dentures and partial dentures are not for everybody. They work for some and are a hassle for others. If you are one of those who have tried and tested dentures and are thinking of alternatives, you have come to the right place. We are talking about dental implants as an alternative to dentures.

If you are wondering how implants work and if they would be the best fit for you, read through to the end of this blog:

Reasons to Switch from Dentures to Implants

Back in the day, the only treatment to lost multiple teeth was a partial or complete denture. Dentures, to this day, are easily available and do not have a long recovery time as implants do. Most of all, people choose dentures over implants, considering the cost involved. Dentures can be acquired for a much lower price than implants. However, dentures cause several annoyances; here are a few:

  • Dentures are mostly uncomfortable and can be painful to wear, especially for long hours
  • The zinc contained in denture adhesives can lead to neurological issues in the long run
  • Those who wear dentures have to watch what they eat and cannot eat anything crunchy or chewy
  • Dentures do not stimulate bone growth and hence leads to skin sag around the jaw
  • Denture wearers often have bad breath
  • Dentures limit taste sensation
  • Dentures need to be removed during hospital visits and any type of medical appointment

Benefits of Switching from Dentures to Implants

Implants are titanium studs that are screwed into the gums and act as the perfect bridge to the jaw. These sturdy replacements for tooth roots are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Take a look at the benefits you would be able to enjoy switching from dentures to implants:

  • Implants preserve the jaw bone and maintain the facial structure
  • They also re-establish lip support lost by missing teeth and minimize wrinkles
  • Implants do not require harmful adhesives and do not cause pain or sores as dentures do
  • The chewing capacity is restored thanks to the increase in stability that takes the biting force up by 70%
  • Implants restore all mouth functions as well as taste
  • There are no restrictions on the type of food that can be eaten while wearing implants

Factors Looked Into Before Making the Switch

A switch from dentures to implants is not easy. Since some amount of change and deterioration may have occurred during the time when dentures were used, dentists will take a call after taking the following into consideration:

Duration of Denture Wear: The longer you have had dentures on, the bigger toll it would have had on the structure of your original smile.

Jaw Bone Condition: If there has been significant bone loss and the face appears to be sunken in, the possibility of switching to implants is slim. Visit a dentist as soon as possible to get a scan and consultation on the same.

Replacement Type: Replacing upper jaw dentures are typically easier than lower jaw dentures as the upper jaw is believed to be sturdier.

Whether you have had dentures in the past or are looking for solutions for your missing teeth, dental implants are your best bet. They are comfortable, look natural, and let you eat a wide variety of food, which helps you have a healthy diet, a confident smile, and an improved quality of life.

Please reach out to us on-call 909-628-8109 or by scheduling an online consultation with our dentist Dr. Patel, and we'll be glad to guide you further with your dental implants treatment.

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