Hello and welcome to the brand new blog of Silver Valley Dental! For the longest time, we have wondered what the best way to interact with our community might be. After much back and forth discussion among the staff, as well as some clever insight from our patients, we decided to speak directly to our current and prospective patients through this blog. However, we want this blog to be about more than just dentistry. We want to also use this blog to talk about our community and the many awesome events that happen year round in the Silver Valley, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and Mission areas of Vancouver, BC. In order to get things started, Dr. Raymond L. Chow is blogging to talk about a common restoration dentistry question we often receive at our practice: what sets dental implants apart from dentures.
What sets dental implants apart from other teeth restoration treatments is a process that occurs during the recovery period called osseointegration. Because dental implants are made from titanium, your jawbone will believe that your implant fixture is no different from any of your natural tooth roots. As a result, it will accept your implant as a natural part of your oral anatomy, allowing your body to manipulate it just like it would one of your natural teeth.
Thanks to osseointegration, dental implants receive many exclusive benefits that simply cannot be matched by dentures alone. For instance, because your jawbone will have fully accepted your implants, they should never get loose or move out of place. One common complaint about dentures is the fact that they can require a messy adhesive in order to have any chance of staying in place. Even with this extra measure, it is still possible for dentures to move out of position, which can actually result in them damaging your remaining natural teeth.
Our patients also love how easy it is to care for their dental implants. In fact, all it takes to keep them good and clean is a good brushing and flossing every night. You will also need to attend your regularly scheduled cleanings but, with this minimal amount of work, your implants can end up lasting you far longer than any other restoration treatment. With dentures, you will need to remove them every night and soak them in a cleaning solution. However, even with this extra step, your dentures will only last about 7 years before you will have to have them replaced.
As you can see, dentures simply cannot match dental implants on their own. Fortunately, we can actually meld the two treatments, using dental implants to support dentures. This gives us a way of restoring a large number of missing teeth that is quicker and more affordable while still having the benefits that come with osseointegration. If you would like to learn more about dental implants and dentures, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Raymond L. Chow. We look forward to hearing from you soon!