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There Are Many Advantages of Dental Implants Over Traditional Dentures

Dental Implants vs Dentures in Lewis Center & Columbus, OH

Many patients who initially opted for removable dentures have switched to dental implants with positive results. Implants feel and respond like natural teeth, allowing for more natural eating and eliminating embarrassing moments when dentures may have slipped or clicked. If you are interested in dental implants or implant supported dentures in Lewis Center, OH, contact Dr. Heller to schedule your consultation today. We can provide more information on each of these tooth replacement options.

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The Life Changing Decision. Dentures or Dental Implants?

This is just flat out comparing apples to oranges.  With dentures you may have bit into a soft piece of an orange, but you haven't bit into a full apple.  In our office we like to help the patient understand that dentures are a replacement for no teeth, they are not a replacement for teeth!

The Benefits of Dental Implants:

  • Function and look like real teeth. Returning your beautiful smile and letting you eat what you want!
  • Maintain the bone. Without teeth or an implant the bone withers away, reducing your jaw.
  • Dental Implants often last your entire life.
  • Literature shows that dental implants have a success rate of 98% at ten years!

Already in a Denture, But Thinking About Implants?

Are you tired of not eating what you want? Or sick of the denture moving around?  We understand. Placing dental implants and all of the procedures that can go along with with it is what we do.  Regardless of how long you have been in a denture, it is never to late. 

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Some of the Comparisons of Dental implants vs. Dentures

Compatible with the body :  Because dental implants are made of titanium, an element that is compatible with the body, the jaw bone naturally fuses with the implant.

Flexibility of use :  Dental implants can be used to replace one or several teeth, or they can be used to anchor implant supported dentures or bridges. Dr. Heller will guide you to the best use of implants for your situation.

Stability :  Implants are designed to mimic the root of the tooth in addition to the chewing portion. Because of this, they provide stability and ease of use that is difficult to replicate without natural teeth.

Permanence  :  It is very uncommon for dental implants to need to be replaced. With proper hygiene and maintenance, they can easily last for the rest of your life.

Promote bone retention :  Without the stimulation provided by the tooth root, the jaw bone begins to wear away. Because implants simulate the root of the tooth as well as the biting surface, they are able to provide this stimulation and prevent the bone from deteriorating.


Some of the Comparisons of Dental implants vs. Dentures

Made from incompatible materials :  Dentures sit on top of the gums and are made of materials that can sometimes cause irritation.

Replaces all or many teeth :  Dentures are not a good solution for those who are missing only one or a few teeth.  Dentures are most often recommended for those missing all or many teeth.

Instability :  Dentures can be difficult to eat or talk with and can even sometimes fall out while eating or talking.

Require frequent replacement  :  As you age, it is not uncommon for your dentures to need to be relined or replaced.  This can be even more common as the bone deteriorates.  Dentures typically require being replaced every 5 to 7 years

Do not promote bone retention :  Because dentures do not stimulate the jaw bone, they do not prevent the bone from deteriorating.

Here are Some interesting Facts Regarding Dentures and Dental Implants.

Moving in a denture or trying to understand the difference between them and dental implants can be a overwhelming decision. We understand and are here to help...
  • Teeth are important to your oral health and overall health. Without their stimulation, the jaw bone will slowly deteriorate and make wearing a denture uncomfortable and unstable.
  • Longevity of dental prothesis should always be an important consideration when you and your dentist evaluate your treatment options. Dental implants offer a long-term solution to missing teeth, often lasting a lifetime. Dentures and bridges require replacement every 5 to 7 years. So not only is there less of a problem for your, but implants are often more affordable over time.
  • It is often not discussed but bones are just like muscles in that they need a "workout" to maintain themselves. With dental implants in the bone, it gets the workout it needs and maintains itself. As for dentures, unfortunately they do not workout the bone and actually help rub it away, causing bone loss everyday.
  • Quality of life should always be considered in your health decisions. Simply put, dental implants are fixed. They are not going to fall out while you are talking or smiling, and you don’t have to put them away each night when you go to sleep.
  • Just a heads up if you are a smoker, 13% of current smokers are edentulous (have no teeth), compared to just 5% of people who never smoked.

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