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Do you need to have artificial teeth? Are you concerned about how they will look and feel in your mouth? If your only exposure to artificial teeth has been the dentures of your parents or grandparents, you may be understandably concerned about the usefulness of false teeth. Fortunately, dentistry has come a long way in the past few decades and there are other options available. One of these options is having a dental implant procedure instead of traditional dentures. Going this route has a number of advantages, some of which include:
Less bone loss: Although teeth are important for being able to eat, another of their functions is helping to strengthen and stabilize the jaw. Without natural teeth in place, the bones beneath your gums will start to dissolve due to a lack of exercise. This is one of the reasons why traditional dentures need to be remade or refit every few years. But during a dental implant procedure, metal screws or bolts are inserted directly into the bone. Once you have healed, the artificial teeth provided by your dentist will snap onto these bolts and the act of holding the teeth in place will be sufficient to at least partially prevent bone loss.
More realistic: Traditional dentures need to be held in place with some sort of denture adhesive, whether that's a paste, a gel, or something else. Even with the best possible adhesive, dentures that are held in place like this can sometimes pop out suddenly when the wearer is eating or speaking. Fortunately, the metal screws that are added during the dental implant procedure are more resilient. The teeth can still be removed for cleaning, as necessary, but you won't have to worry about them popping out unexpectedly. This stability also means easier and more natural speaking so that it won't be obvious that some or all of your teeth have been replaced.
Better durability: Unlike dentures that need to be reworked or replaced every few years, dental implants are near-permanent. The metal bolts that are surgically added during the dental implant procedure will likely last you for the rest of your life, with the exception of something unfortunate happening like being hit in the mouth with a hard object. The artificial teeth, because they don't need to be refit every so often, should last you for many years. They can still be broken by biting down on an unexpectedly hard object, just as natural teeth can, but good care will allow them to have a much longer lifespan than traditional dentures.