If you have missing or damaged teeth, you may be considering having them replaced. This is commonly done by getting dentures or having dental implants installed to replace the missing or damaged teeth. In recent years, dental implants have become one of the most popular options of restorative dentistry. These are some of the advantages of getting dental implants to restore missing and damaged teeth instead of having dentures made.

More Like Natural Teeth 

Because they are attached securely to the bones under the gums, dental implants look, feel and function more like natural teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants cannot be removed once they are installed. Dental implants remain in place when eating, talking, smiling and laughing and there are no worries of implants being loose and noticeable to others. 

Over time wearing dentures may cause the tissues of the gums to become weak and wear away. However, since dental implants are attached underneath the gum tissues, this actually helps make gums stronger and less likely to deteriorate.

Long Lasting Durability 

Dentures tend to wear down and may need to be replaced after only a few years of wearing them. However, this is not the case with dental implants. With regular dental care, dental implants often last the lifetime of the person wearing them. Implants may need to be adjusted occasionally, but rarely need to be replaced because they are permanently attached to the bones under the gums.

Retaining The Natural Face Shape 

Dentures consist of both an artificial gum plate and artificial teeth. Wearing these artificial plates over the natural gums sometimes causes the mouth and face to appear to be swollen or puffy. However, this does not occur with dental implants. Once dental implants are installed and the natural gums heal properly, the mouth and face looks just as it did when all the natural teeth were in healthy condition.

Easy To Care For

Dental implants can also be brushed and flossed in the same way that natural teeth are. You can still use your favorite toothpaste and mouthwash to keep dental implants fresh and clean. They can also be professionally cleaned regularly by a dentist to ensure they remain in healthy condition.

Dentures must be removed and cleaned with special cleansers that are designed for denture cleaning. If these cleansers are not used regularly, dentures often stain and turn dark over time.

Dental implants can be installed to replace only one, several or a full mouth of missing or damaged teeth. If only a few implants are needed in the beginning, more can be added later on if the natural teeth have deteriorated further.

Contact a dentist who specializes in dental implants in your area to learn more.