Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Dentures have long been the go-to solution for replacing lost teeth. However, any denture-wearer can attest that this dental solution is a constant reminder of the teeth that they no longer have. There are contemporary alternatives to the norm.

Dentures can irritate the gums by rubbing and are known to shift position even if they’ve been carefully placed. If you’re tired of being at war with your dentures, or if you’re trying to avoid the diagnosis of dentures altogether, it’s time to consider dental implants.

What Is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are gaining quickly as the weapon of choice for replacing lost teeth. In fact, dental implants aren’t only for denture wearers. Anyone who has a missing tooth or missing teeth can select this cosmetic dentistry option.

A dental implant consists of a small titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone. A tooth-colored crown or other dental prosthetic is connected to the post and remains securely attached to the implant. There is no need for adjustments and no need to worry about teeth that may shift out of place. Implants can also act to secure partial dentures and bridges.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants essentially replace the root of a tooth, so while they not only secure a prosthetic, they can also reduce the risk of bone deterioration that accompanies tooth loss. The jawbone can begin to deteriorate in an area where a tooth has been lost or extracted, leading to a sunken-in look. However, the dental implant is “accepted” by the jawbone and tissue grows around it just as if it were the original root of a tooth.

And, of course, the biggest plus for many people is that dental implants mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Dentures can often be spotted from a mile away. Not so with implants.

Are You a Dental Implant Candidate?

Embarrassed to smile? Nervous about what will happen to your teeth when you’re eating in public? Dental implants are the secure solution to a broken-down smile. Contact Sherman Oaks Dentistry to take advantage of our new patient special and consult with Dr. Harold Perlaza about your candidacy for dental implants.