If you were to sit down and write out a classic pros and cons list of dentures or dental implants, dental implants offer many advanced benefits. Many patients who originally opted for dentures or partial dentures switch to dental implants and report positive results with their teeth. Dr. Burton Melton is a dental implants prosthodontist in Albuquerque, NM.
For starters, and possibly one of the more important qualities of dental implants, is the way they feel and respond. Implants feel and respond like your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, implants are fixed into your jaw like your natural teeth. This provides necessary stimulation to the jawbone, preventing bone loss. Dentures sit on top on your gums and do not provide the stimulation. Dentures, being unfixed to the jawbone, also open up the possibility of slipping out of place when eating, drinking or talking. With dental implants, you will never have to worry about this embarrassing situation.
When considering dentures or dental implants it is also important to know that implants are made of titanium. Titanium is biocompatible, meaning it will naturally fuse with the jawbone. This allows for the implants to be fixed into the jawbone, providing all the benefits described above. The fusion also provides stability that dentures will never have. The implant base mimics the natural tooth and root system for a natural fit, feel and function.
Dentures are often made of incompatible materials like acrylic, cast metal and/or a flexible plastic. These materials can cause irritation to your gums.
Dental implants are also flexible enough to replace one, a few or many missing teeth. The dental implant you choose, with the consultation of Dr. Melton, will be tailored to your specific dental needs.
Longevity is another consideration when comparing dentures or dental implants. With proper dental hygiene, dental implants generally never need to be replaced. Dentures will need replacement, maintenance, repair or refitting at some point.
Visit the dental implants prosthodontist in Albuquerque for a dental implant consultation to help you decide between dentures or dental implants.
Dr. Burton Melton is a leading prosthodontist in Albuquerque, NM. Along with the knowledgeable staff at Implant Dentistry of the Southwest, Dr. Melton offers a variety of advanced treatment options including dental implants, All-on-4 implants, implant supported dentures, bone grafting, and TMJ procedures. Dr. Melton welcomes patients from Albuquerque, NM; Santa Fe, NM; and Northern New Mexico. Call (505) 883-7744 to schedule your appointment or click here to request an appointment online.