Word of the day – Edentulous!
Chances are, if you know what this word means, you are one of the *23 million American’s who suffer from it.
You cannot sink your teeth into a ripe, juicy apple, or a crisp, sweet carrot stick. You cannot eat corn directly off the cob or savor the taste of a medium-rare steak. It has probably been years since you have enjoyed the buttery, saltiness of popcorn during a movie.
Definition – lacking teeth!
According to American College of Prosthodontist, over the next 15 years the number of American’s who are edentulous will increase to over 200 million. Many people suffer from not having a complete set of healthy, functioning teeth. If you suffer, you are definitely not alone.
With dentures you can sort of enjoy the food you love, but they have their restrictions. To ensure you have the most healthy and natural teeth, dental implants may be the way to go. Let’s look at the difference between dentures and dental implants to see if this could be the answer for you.
What are dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums made from a hard resin. They are more fragile than natural teeth and can crack or chip easily. They are formed to specifically fit your mouth. Dentures are held in place by a suction or with an oral adhesive. Dentures can replace some or all of your teeth.
You must clean your dentures each day by taking them out. If you still have existing teeth, you then must clean them also when the dentures are out. If not cleaned properly, they can have a bad odor. You should also remove your dentures while you sleep.
Dentures do not provide enough pressure on your jawbone. So, each time you bite can wear down the bone instead of strengthening it. Dentures do not stimulate new bone growth either. Over time, the bone can wear down causing a change in your facial structure as the lower part of your face starts to collapse. Wrinkles and sagging skin can also be caused by decreasing bone.
Sores from rubbing can form from the dentures not always being in the correct place. Dentures can fall out or slip at any time and you must refit them as the bone changes. Because they wear down faster than normal teeth, you need to replace them about every five years.
What are dental implants?
On the other hand, dental implants are made from titanium, like hip, shoulder, and knee replacement parts. The teeth prosthetic are made from Zirconia or PMMA.
Dental implants are permanent. The surgeon cuts open your gums to expose the bone. Metal posts are surgically implanted into the bone. The titanium from the implant will then fuse to your jawbone as the bone heals around the implant.
With dental implants you can chew and eat like you would with natural teeth. You clean your implants just as you would your natural teeth - brushing, flossing, and twice-yearly professional cleanings. They do not slip, do not have odors, and do not cause sores or rubbing the way dentures do.
Most importantly, dental implants can stimulate healthy bone growth and protect your jawbone. This can preserve the natural structure of your face. The density of the jawbone can stay the same and the pressure from the teeth on the jawbone is even. Applying correct pressure is what keeps the bone strong and healthy, preserving your facial structure. With good care and maintenance, dental implants can last over 25 years.
Ready for a change?
Are you tired of being edentulous? Do you know all too well the effects of having unhealthy teeth? Do you suffer from bone deterioration due to dentures? Or do you simply want a beautiful looking smile? If any of these questions describe you, consider looking into dental implants. Let Nuvia show you what your beautiful, healthy smile could look like.
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