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Benefits of Implants over Other Cosmetic Procedures
Many adults face the problem of missing teeth. For years, dentures and bridges were the treatment of choice and patients had to come to terms with the often painful, embarrassing, and uncomfortable results. Dental implants offer a more natural, comfortable and long-term alternative that you should consider.
Problems with Dentures and Dental Bridges
Today, bridges, full, or partial dentures are all-too-common treatments for replacing teeth. However, each of these options can cause problems for you.
Because bridges rely on healthy teeth for support, adjacent teeth often must be ground down. The adjacent, healthy teeth often later have problems of their own, creating new and costly dental work. Bridges also require a high-degree of maintenance, often having to be replaced within five years.
Although dentures are usually the least expensive treatment option for missing teeth, they can be uncomfortable, difficult to maintain, and can pose many problems for you. They are often uncomfortable and can fall out during eating or activities, causing embarrassment. Removable dentures can also cause sores in the mouth which can be painful. It is necessary to remove dentures at night for cleaning and to keep them in place with adhesives which can be a hassle. Because they are much less efficient than normal teeth, certain foods such as fruit and nuts must be avoided with dentures. Speaking is more difficult and less natural with dentures and, as a removable device, dentures can be easily misplaced.
Because neither bridges nor dentures stimulate bone growth, patients may experience extreme bone loss over time, giving them an older and less attractive appearance.
Dental Implant Benefits
Because dental implants are permanent, they are a long-term solution for patients missing one, several, or all of their teeth.
With dental implants, you can eat normal foods and, because implants are self-supportive, there is no need to damage your remaining natural teeth.
Unlike dentures or bridges, implants stimulate bone growth just like natural teeth and never have to be removed. They are comfortable, attractive and promote a healthy jawbone.