Why should I get dental implants instead of dentures? Call us at 501-753-7366 to schedule your FREE dental implants consultation! At Dentalways, we think wearing traditional dentures is a pain. There’s no other way to say it. Dentures often make you feel and look older, cause embarrassment in social situations when they slip and click, and restrict daily activities like the basic act of eating and drinking. They also cause sore areas on your gums, affect your speech and restrict what you can and can't eat. We recommend All-on-4 dental implants or implant-supported dentures over conventional dentures due to the many advantages they provide patients. The All-on-4 procedure provides patients with a fixed bridge attached to 4 implants and it doesn’t come in and out, so it’s more like natural teeth than dentures. This is the best option available and provides patients with “teeth in a day." Another option is implant-supported dentures. This usually involves placing just two implants on which ball anchors are placed and then the denture “snaps” over these two ball anchors. Both the All–on-4 and implant-supported dentures are better options than conventional dentures, with advantages such as increased comfort and confidence. These are both longer-term solutions to missing teeth and give an overall decrease in the risk of further oral and digestive health problems, as chewing capacity is increased vs. conventional dentures. Benefits of Dental Implants Dental implants and dentures are the two most common restorations for missing teeth. Having said that, there are differences to consider including comfort level, confidence level, cost and durability: Comfort Level Over time gum tissues and bone tend to shrink and recede leaving the denture with a loose fit that results in discomfort and irritability. This instability can cause mouth sores and gum irritation. Because your gum and jawbone will continue to shrink, your dentures will need to be continuously adjusted. To achieve the best fit, denture wearers must use messy dental adhesive. Because your palate is covered with upper dentures, they also have a tendency to affect the taste of foods. On the other hand, dental implants are permanent, extremely functional and very natural looking. Dental implants (All-on-4 implants, implant supported dentures) also offer the same force for biting as natural teeth and do not interfere with the taste of food. Confidence Level Because dentures tend to slip, this restricts your ability to eat and to talk. For a person with dental implants, they never have to fear these kinds of embarrassing moments. Properly placed implants by implant dentist Dr. Khullar, are stable and function just like natural tooth roots. Because dentures tend to slip, this restricts your ability to eat and to talk. For a person with dental implants, they never have to fear these kinds of embarrassing moments. Properly placed dental implants by Dr. Khullar and his team at Dentalways in Little Rock and North Little Rock are stable and function just like natural teeth. Get your smile back! Cost Dentures can be fabricated quickly, are durable and cost much less than implants. However, the wearer's gums tend to shrink over time, they are much less stable, more difficult to talk and eat with and additional trips to the dentist are necessary for periodic adjustments and denture replacements. Dental implants can be a major investment as they cost more initially, but implant-supported dentures and All-on-4 implant bridges require fewer adjustments, allowing you to have fixed teeth rather than removable, and have significantly better chewing capacity with less bulk. Durability Although dentures are strong, they are unstable due to lack of support and they do nothing in regards to preventing the shrinkage of bone and gum mass. This means your dentures will require re-fitting or replacements often. Gum and bone shrinkage also causes a change in your bite, and wear and tear of the denture's chewing surface. Dental implants from Dentalways in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Conway actually help preserve your gum and bone mass. Dental mplants are stable, dependable and a life long solution to missing teeth. Now you have health problems If you wear dentures, they can slip and cause sore spots on your gums. Additionally, denture wearers need to be aware that plaque can build-up, irritating the underlying tissue, which causes the gums to recede. Because the shape of your mouth continually changes, dentures also need to be checked regularly for fit. In either case, when you have gum recession or bone loss, significant health problems can arise. Implant dentist, Dr. Khullar and his team at Dentalways can explain this bone loss in greater detail at a consultation appointment. When your bones begin to shrink and the gums recede, you will lose vertical facial height (distance from you nose to your chin decrease causing your face to look caved in), which can have serious consequences to facial esthetics and make you look older. Dental implants by implant dentist Dr. Khullar, look and feel like your natural teeth: No slipping, no sliding, no hiding your mouth No embarrassment about the way you talk No adhesives No removing them and leaving them out for at least an hour a day No extra care – regular brushing and flossing like a natural tooth And there is less risk of gum recession and bone loss (providing regular dental care and checkups are maintained). And best of all, they last upwards of 25 years and in many cases, a lifetime. No slipping, clicking, re-adjustments. Just like your own teeth. Dentures often make you feel and look older, cause embarrassment in social situations when they slip and click and restrict daily activities like the basic act of eating and drinking. Dental implants on the other hand are permanent, dependable and look and function just like your real teeth. In the end, isn't that what you truly want and more so, truly deserve? Make a life-altering phone call to any of our Dentalways locations in Little Rock, North Little Rock or Conway and schedule a Free Implant Consultation and change your life for the better.