If the time has come to consider your options for replacing missing or damaged teeth, Harrell Dental Implant Center has solutions. Dental implant therapy is changing smiles around the globe due to their strength, durability and completely natural appearance. Our experienced and professional team can talk you through the entire process during your consultation appointment. We will conduct a thorough oral health examination to determine which replacement protocol best suits your needs.
The following article offers more details about the benefits of dental implants:
Reasons to Consider Dental Implants as your Tooth Replacement Option
- Stop your teeth from shifting into the empty space – When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth will eventually begin moving to fill in the space. This can cause a number of dental complications. Unevenly spaced or crowded teeth are harder to keep clean and could cost you a fortune down the road in orthodontic care. Placing a dental implant now will keep your teeth properly spaced and make it easy to keep them clean.
- Conserve your jawbone – If you choose to place a fixed bridge instead of getting a dental implant, your jawbone will eventually begin to deteriorate underneath the missing tooth. This occurs because you don’t receive adequate stimulation to the bone without a tooth root. The same occurs with dentures that are not implant-supported. The longer you wait to get dental implants, the more likely it is that your jawbone may lack the integrity to get implants in the future without a dental bone graft.
- Implant-supported dentures – Many people complain of a wide variety of complications with their dentures. Poor fit, sores in their mouths, sunken lips, and food restrictions. If you wear dentures, you can get a fixed, permanent solution with implant-supported dentures. There are various procedures available and some even support a full arch of prosthetic teeth with as few as four implants.
- Preserve your appearance – When your jawbone begins to deteriorate because of missing teeth, it often causes your face to appear sunken in. This can make you look years older than you are. This is why people with dentures often complain of having thin lips and sunken cheeks. Dental implant posts provide the stimulation your body needs to produce dense, healthy jawbone material and keep your face looking full and youthful. More info at Dynamic Dental
Dentures vs. Dental Implants
Harrell Dental Implant Center wants you to enjoy long-lasting dentition that guarantees a vibrant, healthy smile. While dentures used to be the best tooth replacement option, times have changed. Dental implants are by far the better option for preserving the integrity of one’s smile. Check out this comparison of dentures and implants courtesy of the Vancouver Centre for Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry:
Some of the most common problems with dentures are that they tend to move in the mouth, especially while eating and/or talking. They collect and trap food which can lead to gums problems, decay and further tooth loss. They affect ones’ sense of taste and texture of foods — many of my patients have said that they either can no longer taste their food or have lost the enjoyment of foods because the “taste has been altered.”
They can be uncomfortable to eat with especially as they move and/or get food caught underneath. Some people cannot tolerate them at all because they find it causes them to gag. The additional thickness and foreignness of the denture can make it difficult to speak clearly.
The bone underneath the denture continues to atrophy and shrink — this becomes a greater problem affecting the stability and looseness of the denture the longer the teeth have been missing. As the bone atrophies the denture can begin to put pressure on critical structures in the mouth, such as muscle attachments and nerves, making them very uncomfortable to eat with.
Many people with dentures avoid certain foods because they are just too difficult or painful to eat, such as raw foods, chewy or sticky foods and anything hard. A person’s bite force and ability to ‘cut through foods is decreased.
Studies have shown that people with dentures don’t chew their food properly and swallow larger bits of food. Not only does this diminish one’s enjoyment of food, it also puts a greater burden on the digestive system. Keep reading at VCCID
HDIC: Giving You More Reasons to Smile!
Dr. Robert Harrell and the staff of Harrell Dental Implant Center invite you to book your free smile makeover consultation today. Learn how dental implant therapy can restore the quality of your smile, your oral health and your ability to enjoy your favorite foods.
Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on our website to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place. Based on the details provided and the image, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with Dr. Robert Harrell and his staff.