Sure, we all know that missing teeth make you look unhealthy and older, but did you know that failing to replace missing teeth can negatively impact your life, increasing your risk for serious general health problems? In fact, current research asserts that people with few or no remaining teeth have a poorer diet, poorer social health, and a greater chance for developing cardiovascular problems and even diabetes. Replacing those missing teeth as soon as possible is your best bet for avoiding these health risks, but many patients don’t know what type of tooth replacement will work best for them. Today, your Riverside dentists discuss the pros and cons of the two most common forms of tooth replacement: dentures and dental implants.

The Pros and Cons of Dentures

Dentures have been around in their modern form since the mid-16th century. Contemporary dentures are constructed of durable acrylics, look exceptionally lifelike, are lightweight, and fit far better than dentures of the past. Although new denture-wearers generally require some time to adjust, full and partial dentures make eating a variety of foods pleasurable, they alleviate the speech problems caused by missing teeth, and they restore the structure to your facial muscles, making you look younger and healthier. However, since dentures rest on top of your gums, the underlying bone tissue begins to deteriorate over time, necessitating periodic adjustments in the fit of your dentures.

The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

Most dental experts agree that dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacements. Made of tiny, titanium screw-like devices, dental implants perfectly mimic the crown-and-root structure of a natural tooth. Dental implants offer several advantages over dentures, including:

  • They replace the tooth root within the jawbone, helping maintain the health of the underlying bone tissue.
  • They never slip, slide, require adhesives, or have to be readjusted for fit.
  • Dental implants don’t have an adjustment period. Once the final prosthetic is in place, you will be able to bite, chew, and smile with the same confidence you had with natural teeth.

However, it’s worth noting that while most people make good candidates for dental implant surgery, some serious general health issues may contraindicate the procedure.

About Your Moreno Valley Dentists

If the embarrassment and reduced ability associated with missing teeth are making you miss out on life, consult with your Riverside Dental Group dentists in Moreno Valley. We can help you achieve a lifetime of healthy, attractive smiles. To schedule an appointment at our office, contact us at (951) 697-6800. Located in the 92533 area, we proudly serve patients from Moreno Valley and all surrounding communities.