At Gentle Dental, our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the best tooth replacement option for your smile.
We realize that finding the right solution for your missing teeth is a momentous task. That’s why it’s a good idea to learn as much as you can about all the alternatives tooth-replacement technologies before you make your final decision.
Dental bridges are artificial porcelain crowns anchored to your mouth by attaching them to the healthy teeth on both ends of the gap.
Compared to dentures, dental bridges do provide some advantages. For example, dental bridges tend to last between 5 and 15 years and they are relatively easy to install. And because dental bridges are not removable like dentures, you never need to take them out for cleaning. Also, you won’t have to hassle with any foul-tasting adhesives you might get with dentures.
The Drawbacks of Dental Bridges
One of the major flaws related to dental bridges is that they put a lot of strain on the natural teeth being used to anchor the entire bridge in place. This pressure can cause perfectly healthy natural teeth to become loose, decayed, or even to fall out.
Moreover, dental bridges fail to stimulate growth of the jawbone, encouraging the bone to continue shrinking. In the long-run, patients who choose dental bridges to replace missing teeth often experience further tooth loss and gum disease.
Dental bridges do not last nearly as long as dental implants, which can last indefinitely if they are properly cared for. Another serious problem with dental bridges is that it is difficult to clean the region around dental bridges, and this can lead to tooth decay.
The Consequences of Denture Use
Dentures are one of the oldest and most common remedies for missing teeth. But dentures come with a several negative side effects, including:
- Distortion of the face
- Pain when chewing
- Increased incidents tooth loss due to gum disease
- Reduced nutritional intake
- Unpleasant-tasting adhesives
- Increased depletion of the jawbone
Over time, wearing dentures can be very painful, especially as they become loose and fit incorrectly. This makes chewing uncomfortable and even painful, causing denture-wearers to avoid healthy foods or to swallow without completely chewing their food. Denture-wearers also tend to avoid healthy foods such as crunchy carrots which are difficult to chew. In the long-run, this has a negative effect on patient’s health as they are missing out on important nutrients.
Dentures and Self-Esteem
Even if you are using the best adhesives, dentures can slide around and even become dislodged while you are eating. This can be so embarrassing that many denture-wearers become hesitant about eating in public, or even become reluctant to eat in front of their loved-ones. Another upsetting consequence of dentures is that they often make speaking more difficult.
One particularly disturbing long-term consequence of wearing dentures is that they can seriously disfigure the shape of your face. Over time, dentures can cause the muscles in your mouth to sag and this can lead to some devastating consequences, such as shifting the position of your jaw and causing your mouth to appear as though you are wearing a perpetual frown.
Dentures Can Damage Your Jawbone
A good analogy can be made between bones and muscles because both require regular stimulation to remain strong and healthy. And every time you chew your food, oxygenated blood is delivered to your jawbone, keeping it healthy. This healthy process also occurs with dental implants, which bond with the bone through the process known as osseointegration.
Unfortunately, dentures and dental bridges to not stimulate the jawbone. In fact, dentures and dental implants cause the jawbone to atrophy, which can lead to the loss of additional teeth.
Dental Implants–a Reliable, Long-Lasting Solution
Dental implants are simply the best tooth-replacement technology available. Consider all the advantages dental implants have to offer:
- Simple to care for and maintain
- Protect against further tooth loss
- Indistinguishable from your natural teeth
- Protect jawbone from deterioration
- Retain the natural shape of your face
- You can speak without difficulty
- Protect against gum disease
- Eat what you want to eat
- Can last a lifetime with proper care
The Safest, Longest-Lasting, and Most Convenient Solution
Dental implants are clearly the safest, longest lasting, and most convenient way to replace your missing teeth. Dentures and dental bridges will increase the likelihood that you will suffer from pain, gum disease, tooth decay, and even the loss of additional teeth. Dental implants are the only solution that actively counteracts these negative consequences
Finds out What Dental Implants Can Do for You
Of all the additional benefits you get with dental implants, your new peace of mind might just be the most important. You don’t have to worry about the long-term health of your smile and you won’t have to learn any complicated new procedures for taking care of them. Just take care of them the way you take care of your natural teeth and keep on visiting Dr. Anderson’s office for your regular check-ups.
Contact Dr. Anderson and his amazing team of dental health professionals at Gentle Dental in Gunnison to find out if dental implants are the right solution for you? )