If you're missing one or more teeth, your dentist may suggest a couple of different solutions. Inexpensive bridges and dentures are options that will help you leave behind the discomfort or embarrassment of missing teeth. Another recommendation your dentist may make is full mouth dental implants. Though pricey, implants offer distinct advantages over other treatments, especially when compared to dentures. Understanding these benefits can help you make an educated decision and get back your bright smile full of healthy teeth.
1. A Permanent Solution
Unlike dentures, which are designed to be removed each day, or bridges and crowns that will require regular maintenance and replacement, dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Full mouth dental implants are placed by a periodontist, who attaches implants (they look like small screws) directly into the jaw bone. Crowns are then attached to the implants for a secure, natural-looking fit and result. A full set of implants is custom-created for your mouth and can be placed as one bar of teeth to fill in your smile when you are missing more than a couple of teeth. Because they're permanent, you'll never have to use adhesive or remove your implants.
2. Comfort and Stability
Another reason to opt for dental implants is for their stability and comfort. Dentures attach using a framework and metal clasps to teeth and usually fit nicely to the teeth they are attached too. Implants, on the other hand, are securely attached to the jaw bone, so you won't have to worry about stability. The comfort level of implants makes it a natural choice for a full set of teeth or as a long-term solution to damaged, diseased or missing teeth.
3. Better Bones
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) points out that when it comes to bone and dental health, full mouth dental implants are vastly superior to dentures. The AAP warns that dentures can cause bone deterioration, which can lead to the collapsed mouth or recessed jaw bone sometimes indicative of a denture's-wearer. In contrast, dental implants actually integrate into the jawbone, preserving bone health and the overall look of your smile.
4. Easier Maintenance
Dental implants could be described as "set it and forget it." Because they attach permanently to the bone, you don't need to remove them for cleaning, and it's unlikely that you'll need maintenance and repairs down the road. Instead, you can care for them as you would your natural teeth, which means brushing at least twice a day with a silica toothpaste, such as Colgate TotalSF Advanced Deep Clean, daily flossing and regular checkups with your dentist.
Because implants function so much like your own smile, you can relax knowing that your teeth are intact. Talk to your periodontist about your options to decide if full mouth dental implants are the right choice for you. While it's true that dental implants are typically more expensive than dentures, the comfort and confidence they offer can be truly priceless.