Dental implants and dentures both serve the functional purpose of replacing missing teeth, but they are also immensely different. These two types of dental replacements both have their advantages and disadvantages, but the benefits of dental implants far outweigh any sort of disadvantages. The few plusses of dentures pale in comparison. Nevertheless, the doctors at SF Oral Surgery will still evaluate you thoroughly to determine which option is best for you, but they typically recommend dental implants to the vast majority of their patients for the following reasons.
Dental Implants Last Longer Than Dentures
Anytime you have to replace a missing tooth; you want to have the reassurance that you will not have to worry about replacing it. If you take good care of your dental implants by brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly, you can expect them to last for 20 years or more without having to get them adjusted or worked on. Compare this to dentures, where you have to adjust them constantly. It is inevitable that you will have to replace your dentures, probably a few times – as your jawbone begins to shrink because it is missing the roots it needs to stay healthy. With dental implants, you may forget you had the procedure done since they feel and function just like your regular teeth.
Dental Implants Act Like Normal Teeth
Your dental implants will act like your normal teeth both aesthetically and functionally. You won’t have to be inconvenienced and preoccupied with them. Some of the irritating and painful problems San Francisco residents who have dentures face on a daily basis include having to remove them and adhering them – hoping they do not slip out of place. Unlike dentures, you only need to treat your dental implants as you would the rest of your natural teeth.
Dental Implants Preserve Jaw Structure
One of the side effects San Francisco patients aren’t aware of with missing teeth is the alteration of their facial appearance as the direct result of poor jaw structure. Possibly the best function of dental implants is the preservation of the jawbone which prevents sunken facial appearance. Because implants act as a root, it enables your jawbone to continue to grow which encourages dental stability and better overall oral health. Further issues could occur requiring more intense surgical procedures, and implants can prevent those from happening.
Are Dental Implants Right For You
When you have implants placed by our San Francisco doctors you can be sure that they will discuss your options so you can make the best choice for your overall health. We always aim to make expert recommendations based on your health and desires. SF Oral Surgery is comprised of a team of doctors dedicated to performing oral procedures that are in the best interest of our San Francisco patients. When you set up a consultation, we will take the time to answer all of your questions and make recommendations that are best suited to your unique needs.
Don’t hesitate to contact us by calling our San Francisco office today to schedule an appointment and get started on the road to a healthier smile.