Most of the millions of Americans with no teeth or missing an entire arch choose dentures because of the lower initial cost. Unfortunately, this choice could permanently damage the structure of your mouth without saving you money, when considering the long-term costs.
One of the most innovative procedures in modern-day dentistry is full-mouth dental implants. While implants are often used to replace a single tooth, they can also serve as full mouth replacements. If you are unhappy with how your dentures function, dental implants could be a superior solution.
- Millions of Americans today are fully edentulous, meaning they have no remaining natural teeth in their mouth.
- Many people opt for dentures to address missing, however, dentures come with many drawbacks.
- Modern advanced in dental implants now make it possible to replace all your existing teeth with permanent dental implants.
- Dental implants can last decades with proper care and help to reduce the deterioration of bone loss in your jaw, preserving facial aesthetics and returning the normal function of chewing food.
Care for your new teeth: Unlike dentures, dental implants do not need to be removed and cleaned. The apparatus will not shift in your mouth. Once installed, you can talk, laugh, and eat as if you had all your natural teeth. In fact, most people will not be able to distinguish the difference. Care for dental implants includes daily brushing and flossing, along with routine visits to your dentist.
Freedom to eat your favorite foods: Dentures require you to avoid foods with small pieces, hard and sticky treats, and meats like steak, ribs, and pork chops. Eating these foods can move your dentures out of place, dislodge the apparatus, or cause sores and infections to develop on your gums.
Dental implant surgery involves inserting titanium rods directly into the jawbone, creating a root-like structure similar to your natural roots. Due to this infusion, the crown secured to the rods will not move, shift, or need adjustments. This security gives you the freedom to eat all your favorite foods without concern.
Impact on your facial structure: One major issue you may experience from tooth loss is the deterioration of your jawbone that often leads to a change in your facial structure. Dentures do not support your jawbone and can lead to sagging in your face, causing you to look older than you are.
Dental implants help retain your youthful appearance because the titanium rod serves as an anchor in the jaw, stimulating bone growth and regenerating gum tissue.
Longevity: Lastly is the cost. You might choose dentures not because you don’t want the exceptional benefits of dental implants but because you feel you cannot afford the price.
The truth is dentures are not a permanent solution and typically need replacement every five to seven years. On the other hand, dental implants are permanent. When you add the cost of replacements, periodic adjustments, cleaning supplies, and adhesives, you could wind up paying more over time for a less superior alternative.
Can you get implants in your whole mouth?
Full mouth dental implants are used for people who have lost all or most of their teeth on one or both arches. Full mouth dental implants consist of four to eight titanium implant posts screwed into the jawbone that will later support a full arch of replacement teeth.
Will my insurance cover a tooth implant?
Dental implants are considered an elective, cosmetic dental procedure, and therefore, are not covered under most dental or medical insurance plans. However, some dental plans may cover some portion of the procedure such as a tooth extraction or a portion of the cost of a dental bridge when an implant is used to support the bridge.
Are implants as strong as real teeth?
Advances in dental implants and the components and materials used in dental implants continue to improve the strength and durability of this popular tooth replacement option. In general, the bite strength of a dental implant is roughly 80-90% of the strength of your natural teeth, allowing patients to the return of their normal biting and chewing function.
Can dental implants get cavities?
Dental implants consist of components that synthetic, extremely durable and resistant to affects such as decay, corrosion or decomposition. For this reason, dental implants are considered a permanent solution to tooth loss and typically last 25 years or more. If the crown of the implant ever becomes damaged or needs to be replaced, it is a relatively easy procedure to replace the crown of the implant.
What is the failure rate for dental implants?
Advances in dental implant technology make dental implants one of the most reliable and effective procedures to address missing teeth. Dental implants fail in roughly 5% of cases and failure can result from many different issues; shortly after the procedure or years later. With proper care and maintenance, a typical dental implant should last 25 years or more.
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If you are ready to explore ways to rejuvenate your smile, or you just need a cleaning and x-rays, call today for a free consultation or to schedule an appointment. Dr. Kevin Hogan graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has over 40 years of experience. He completed continuing education at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, a world-renowned comprehensive and aesthetic dentistry center. He has also finished extensive coursework with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and lectured at both North Carolina and Emory University.
He is known for his artistic skill, professionalism, and ability to find the right solution for an array of dental challenges. Dr. Kevin Hogan is a cosmetic and restorative dentist serving patients in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina and the greater Charleston, SC areas.