Very few of us have perfect teeth, with 90% of Australians suffering from tooth decay.
Unfortunately, as we get older, that number rises even higher, with over 15% of adults with severe tooth loss.
Missing teeth isn’t just a cosmetic issue; there are many medical issues that arise from the problem.
From an increased risk of gum disease to speech problems, severe tooth loss is a serious health issue which needs to be addressed.
Fortunately, if you are missing teeth, there are options available, the best of which are dental implants.
The difference between implants and dentures
Dentures are the old school “false teeth” we all know from popular culture. Picture them sitting in a glass of water beside the bed, or novelty toys you wind up and release.
They are made of an acrylic plastic and designed to fit over your gums, and so can be removed whenever you want.
Dental implants, on the other hand, can’t be removed.
They are permanently screwed into your jaw and act and look like real teeth.
And just like real teeth you brush them normally and eat regular food!
Reasons why dental implants are better
Dental implants have replaced dentures in recent years and for good reason. There are many advantages of implants over dentures, all of which make them the obvious choice for a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Eat whatever you want
The biggest advantage of dental implants over dentures is the fact you can go back to eating anything you want.
Dentures prohibit people from enjoying the food they love, restricting them to soft foods like puddings, mashed potatoes and soups. In fact, it’s estimated that people with dentures can only eat around 20% of the food they normally would.
Dental implants, on the other hand, leave the gums free and don’t cover up the palate, allowing you to taste and eat food as you normally would.
Implants will probably last the rest of your life
Dentures are affected by everyday wear and tear, and loosen as they age. They need to be reshaped, refitted, or realigned over time, meaning constant trips back to the dentist for a “tune up”.
Dental implants, however, are usually a life-long solution, and once the procedure is over, you shouldn’t need any follow-up treatments other than your regular dental check-up.
Dental implants are healthier than dentures
Dentures come with their own problems, and a major one is food getting trapped underneath them. This can lead to pain and discomfort, as well as increasing the risk of painful ulcers. On top of that, dentures constantly move around, this can add extra stress onto your gums and jaw, affecting speech.
This, of course, isn’t a problem for dental implants as they are fixed in your gums.
There are no extra risks involved because they act just like real teeth!
Better for your appearance
False teeth have been the butt of many jokes, the most over-used suggesting they fall out at inappropriate times. For the person embarrassed by this, there is nothing funny about it at all.
When you have missing teeth, there is a continuous shrinkage in your jawbone that takes place, resulting in premature ageing in your face.
Dentures don’t halt this shrinking because they are only a prosthetic, but dental implants preserve facial contours by stimulating and preserving existing bone, helping your face stay more natural looking, as if you had your original teeth.
Higher customer satisfaction with dental implants
The long-term success rate of dental implants speaks for itself. Many people come and complain about dentures, but no one complains about implants!
Those who have had dentures for years and then make the switch to implants can’t believe the difference and wonder why they waited so long.
And can you blame them?
Dental implants last longer, work better and are more comfortable.
They have every advantage over dentures you can imagine and are the obvious choice between the two.
How we can help with dental implants
Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. They not only allow you to eat what you want, but they look just like normal teeth and last a lifetime.
When it comes to dental implants, we are one of the foremost leaders in Australia.
In fact, we are one of only a handful of practices in all of the country to be named a Leading Implant Centre of the World.
We don’t believe in temporary measures here, everything we do is permanent, especially our dental implants. We use the very best dental implants on the market, and all our implants are guaranteed for life.
If you have lost teeth either through age, illness or an accident, then contact us today and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about dental implants.
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are dedicated to putting you and your worries at ease, and will be happy to help in any way they can.