Your quality of life and your health depend on you having a complete set of secure, fully functional teeth.
Even one lost tooth is enough to impede oral function and begin a domino effect of jawbone and gum tissue deterioration that will inevitably threaten the structural stability of your surrounding teeth.
That’s why tooth loss is such a serious problem, one you couldn’t ignore even if you tried.
Your friends at Butte Family Dental are here to help you do something about your missing teeth! We can provide a variety of lasting, secure tooth replacement options to keep your smile and oral health on track, and today, you’re going to learn why among them all, dental implants are the superior solution!
Replacing Teeth With Removable Dentures
We’re all familiar with the stereotypes about removable dentures and some of their drawbacks. In fact, conventional dentures have long since been an easy target for jokes in TV shows and movies where the elderly relative loses their teeth during a family dinner, and everyone laughs hysterically.
But it’s not funny at all for those who actually wear dentures. Knowing they can slip around can be a profound source of stress and embarrassment for people, and that’s a heavy burden.
Another significant problem with this option is that it doesn’t ensure the long-term healthy growth and strength of your jawbone underneath. But the drawbacks don’t stop there.
Brushing and flossing everyday may seem inconvenient sometimes.
But once you start having to take your teeth out every single day to clean and soak them, maintaining your dentures will have you missing the days when you only had to brush and floss your teeth!
Along with daily care, you will also have to keep going back to the dentist to have your dentures adjusted every few years.
At first, your new dentures should fit pretty snugly and comfortably.
But over time, they will expand and loosen somewhat, which is why you have to go back to the dentist every few years to have them either tightened or replaced.
Looking at this option in a general sense, removable dentures are never going to perform like real teeth, even at their best. One of the biggest impacts on your health if you wear dentures, for example, is with nutritional deficiency. Your ability to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods is greatly impaired because you won’t be able to chew as easily or thoroughly.
So in terms of performance, denture-wearers often have that undercurrent of anxiety knowing that at any time, their teeth can shift around, or even come out, at the worst possible time, as well as the dramatic dietary changes you need to make.
Since conventional dentures will sit on top of your gums with help from adhesives, you will have to deal with the potential for soreness, inflammation, and irritation that often come with that constant stress and friction between the dentures and your gums.
If you ever develop open sores on your gums, then you run the risk of allowing harmful bacteria to enter and infect that vulnerable tissue, which can be problematic for your oral and overall health.
Replacing Teeth With Dental Crowns & Bridges
One obvious advantage that dental crowns and bridges have over conventional dentures is that you don’t take them out. You can’t remove them, nor do you have to, since instead of soaking or scrubbing, you merely brush and floss normally to keep them clean.
They’re also more secure than standard dentures because, instead of staying in place with adhesives like dentures, these restorations can be bonded together, as with a dental bridge, and bonded over natural teeth.
But therein lies one of the drawbacks of this method.
A dental bridge is a series of crowns, with at least two that are hollowed out and placed over perfectly healthy teeth that have to be modified to maximize adhesion.
Some patients don’t like having to compromise the natural integrity of healthy teeth to replace others, which is understandable.
Dental Implants Are Superior!
You can trust that every tooth replacement option at Butte Family Dental is going to be durable, comfortable, lifelike, and lasting.
But when it comes to the method that gives you the most permanent, naturally-functioning solution, dental implants are the superior choice!
Because they act as a tooth root replacement and fuse with your jawbone, the new tooth that’s attached to it operates more closely to a natural tooth than anything else. It’s locked in place so you don’t have to worry about it falling out or slipping around. With proper placement and the right care, dental implants can also last the rest of your life, making them a long-term solution you can count on.
The best part is that dental implants are versatile, which means we can attach them to crowns, bridges, and dentures for a stronger bite and more lasting health.
Schedule Your Consultation Now!
You can’t enjoy the benefits of this superior tooth loss solution until you visit your Butte, MT dentist for a dental implant consultation and find out if they’re right for you!