Dentures vs. Dental Implants in Scottsdale, AZ
Traditional removable dentures are a great short term solution for tooth loss. However, patients of Dr. Alison P. Schwartz in need of permanent prosthetics are much more likely to benefit from dental implants in Scottsdale, AZ for the following reasons:
- Increased comfort
- Increased stability
- Tooth and bone preservation
- Long term results
Since dentures are made from plastic and cast metal, there is a big chance that they will cause irritation and discomfort. Dental implants are made from titanium and ceramic which are naturally compatible with the human body. You will easily forget you have them!
Removable dentures are sometimes held in place with adhesives but usually just rest on top of the gums. This means that problems like slippage can occur and make it difficult to eat or speak properly. Dental implants are surgically implanted in the jaw bone, thus eliminating such issues.
Removable dentures are most often used to replace large numbers of missing teeth. In fact, tooth extractions or other procedures are sometimes necessary to make room for the denture. Dr. Schwartz can use individual implants to replace single teeth, implant bridges for several adjacent missing teeth, or implant supported dentures to replace an entire arch. This makes dental implant technology a more versatile solution.
Tooth and Bone Preservation
Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants interact closely with the gums and jaw to prevent deterioration. In addition to preventing bone and tissue loss, this also helps to preserve supporting structures of the teeth and prevent future tooth loss.
Long Term Results
Since dentures allow for bone and tissue to deteriorate and alter the facial structure, they generally need to be replaced every five to seven years because of poor fitting. Dental implants not only preserve the facial structure but promote bone health, as well. With proper maintenance, they can last an entire lifetime.
Dental implants carry numerous advantages over traditional dentures. To learn more about dental implants in Scottsdale, AZ, contact Dr. Schwartz and schedule your consultation today!