There are many reasons for tooth loss. Gum disease is the most common cause for missing teeth in adulthood. Whether you have lost your teeth to injury, infection, extraction, or any other number of reasons, you understand the discomfort that comes with eating and speaking. Some patients are embarrassed to show their smile because of a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. You have several options for replacing missing teeth. While dentures are a popular choice, Dr. Fondriest recommends dental implants as the most natural feeling and natural looking restoration. Dentures vs. Dental Implants, which is best for you?
Dental Implants Feel More Secure
The main difference between dentures and dental implants resides in the placement of each restoration. Dentures rest on top of gums, which can sometimes cause them to slip or shift. Some dentures rely on suction or pastes to hold them in place. Dental implants are placed in the jawbone so that the bone fuses to a titanium post attached to the artificial tooth. Since the implant is secured to the jawbone, the restoration will not slip out of place. You can use your dental implant like you would use your natural teeth without worrying if your prosthetic will fall out. Dental implants provide better chewing stability because they move with the jawbone instead of resting on top of the gum line.
Dental Implants are More Convenient
Dental implants last longer than dentures. Made from durable porcelain and a biocompatible post, a dental implant can last a lifetime with proper dental care including routine dental cleanings twice a year. Dentures can be fragile and risk breakage without diligent care. With dental implants, you can brush and floss your restoration in the same way you brush and floss your natural tooth instead of removing your artificial teeth before bed or for cleaning.
Dental Implants are More Discrete
Dental implants look more natural than dentures while providing the same support for your mouth that reduces the appearance of a collapsed smile. Implants are made from porcelain material which mimics the slight translucency of natural teeth. Additionally, porcelain can be died to match the color of your smile so that the implant blends seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. Because dental implants look like natural teeth they can be used to cosmetically enhance your smile.
Your choice, Dentures vs. Dental Implants
If you are suffering from missing teeth or tired of cumbersome dentures, Dr. James Fondriest can offer you compassionate restorative dentistry to reclaim you tooth function and your dignity. For more information about dental implants in Chicago, contact our friendly professionals at at (847) 234-0517. We serve patients from the North Shore and Chicago.