Though the roots of dental implants can be traced back several centuries, modern dentistry has evolved significantly in just the past few decades. Many patients are curious about the benefits of dentures or implants in Nassau County and Manhattan, NY, and want to compare the benefits of implants versus dentures for permanent tooth replacement. Dr. Marc Levine is an experienced periodontist and implant dentist and can provide more information about dental implants and dentures.
Even though dentures can be the cheaper solution for tooth replacement in the short term, they are at risk for wear and tear within the first year of use and there beyond. Since dentures are removable, they can move around in the mouth when the wearer is eating or talking. Over time, this can irritate the gum tissues and breakdown jaw bone. Bone regression can occur in the areas that the dentures rest upon, and the limited range of motion can take its toll on the wearer’s eating habits which may lead to nutritional deficiencies. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution and typically do not cause any bone loss or discomfort.
Another key difference between dental implants and dentures is the effect on facial structure. Wearing dentures can lead to loss of facial structure because of their non-permanent nature. The muscles in the face can forget how they are supposed to rest. With dental implants, the facial structure remains intact. Implants stimulate the jaw bone and help to preserve the bone over time.
It is also important to note that dentures are made with non-compatible materials such as cast metal, flexible plastic, and acrylic. Since these materials are not compatible with the body, they can cause inflammation of the gums and surrounding areas of the mouth. Conversely, dental implants are made out of titanium which mimics the tooth’s root, and porcelain which is a very strong and durable ceramic made out of clay.
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, dentures may be the most viable solution for tooth replacement. However, many cases of missing teeth can be resolved with dental implants. If you want more information about dentures or implants in Nassau County and Manhattan, NY, set up a consultation with Dr. Levine today!