Dental Implants Compared To Dentures Or Bridges

Unlike temporary options like dentures or bridges, dental implants can act as a permanent solution to help patients restore their smiles without having to continually adjust and remove their artificial teeth.

Dental implants are actually screwed and secured to the patient’s jawbone to ensure long-term stability while eliminating the need for the patient to use removable devices that are unstable as well as uncomfortable. Implant devices are also composed of sturdy materials that are much more resistant to damage or staining, but still need to be properly maintained with normal oral hygiene routines to ensure their durability over time. Like natural teeth, implants are not immune to the effects that ongoing bad habits can have on a patient. If practicing bad habits during the multi-month recovery process, implants could also face failure or severe damage as well.

In comparison to dental bridges and dentures, however, dental implants offer a more comfortable option for patients that is hassle-free. Removable devices such as dentures can be irritating to deal with over long periods of time and can fit uncomfortably over the gums causing skin irritation and–in some cases–light bleeding. With dental implants, patients won’t have to worry about putting in and taking out mouthpieces every day because their implant will act the same as their natural teeth while being comfortably secured to their jawbone.

See here what the AAP has to say about dental implants in comparison to other solutions:

“Dental implants provide several advantages over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported full bridges or dentures are designed to be long lasting. Implant-supported full bridges and dentures also are more comfortable and stable than conventional dentures, allowing you to retain a more natural biting and chewing capacity.”

 

Types Of Dental Implants

There are a few different types of implants available that might impact the overall sustainability of your implant procedure–although almost all implant solutions are permanent or long-term. Implants can come in single tooth replacement forms as well as full-mouth operations which are less common and have a longer healing process. It isn’t uncommon for a section of the mouth to be a collective area of concern with decaying or missing teeth and the patient’s dental care provider will often install multiple implants at a time.

When patients are provided with dental implants, they are given a chance to have a normal smile again and fully functioning set of teeth. However, just because a procedure has positive results, does not mean that the patient can get away without putting in effort to taking care of their new implants. The steps a patient takes during their healing process–that can last up to a period of three months–are crucial to determining the success of their improved dental health. If an implant becomes infected during the recovery period, that could mean potential implant failure and the process will have to be repeated all over again.

The Consumer Guide to Dentistry explains further about the importance of practicing ongoing dental hygiene:

 “Failure to floss and brush is a leading cause of failure, and infection can occur if the implant and surrounding areas are not cleaned properly. Smoking also is attributed to high failure rates and should be avoided following implant procedures.”

 

Can My Dental Implants Be Damaged Like My Natural Teeth?

Dental implants are much stronger than natural teeth because they are made typically of stronger materials such as metal and porcelain that are not so easily broken down. However, if not cared for properly, implants can also face damages and failure which lead to further complications. If the metal post of an implant becomes maladjusted or surrounded by gum tissue that is infected from hygiene neglect, the implant might have to be removed or replaced to prevent further damage from occurring.

Although, in most cases it is uncommon for patients to experience dental implant failure after their procedures as long as they follow the guidance of a trusted dental professional. Burke Dental supports this dental implant success trend with patient statistics:

 “In general, most studies conclude that the 10-year success rate for dental implants is roughly in the range of 90-99%.  As arithmetic may suggest, that means the failure rate is somewhere roughly close to approximately 5% +/-.”

Interested in learning more about how to help your dental implants last longer and how much more durable they are in comparison to other options? If so, be sure to check out this video presented by Rowan Family Dentistry.

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