For over half a century, people with Dental Implants have experienced the feeling of having their natural teeth back. Dental Implants are the only way to go if you want to say goodbye to dentures, sore spots, adjustments, adhesives and eat the foods you enjoy.
With care, Dental Implants will be with you for a lifetime. A recent study by the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness observed that 75% of denture patients would have selected Dental Implants had they known about common denture problems. These problems progressively get worst over time, prevention is the best cure.
Common denture problems include:
- Difficulty Speaking: Pronouncing words with "s" or "f" sounds can be quite difficult. Approximately 88% of patients with dentures stated they had difficulty with speech; of which 25% reported very difficult problems.
- Difficulty Eating: Your bite force is reduced significantly with dentures. Eating some foods with dentures can be difficult; such as apples, meat, nuts, lettuce and carrots. Approximately 29% of denture patients are only able to eat soft foods.
- Lack of Taste: In order to stay in your mouth, dentures require the roof of your mouth to remain covered by the denture for suction. As a result, this makes it very difficult to taste your food. Dental Implants however are supported by small dental implants so the roof of your mouth can remain open.
- Social Considerations: A common problem with conventional dentures is that dentures can accidentally fall out while laughing or eating. Many patients feel that this is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to them.
- Bone Resorption: The fit of your denture is linked to the amount of bone in your mouth. In some cases, the bone recedes so far that the denture has little support. In addition to a poor fitting denture, the nerve can also be exposed which creates a burning or tingling sensation.
- Facial Appearance: Bone resorption can cause wrinkle lines and the appearance of aging. This can also cause jaw pain and make people look like they're frowning at all times.
Simply put, Dental Implants fix common denture problems for life. With Dental Implants you can eat whatever you like, talk normally, and laugh as much as you like.
Prevention is always the best cure. After teeth are extracted, as much as 25% of the bone in your mouth shrinks within the first year. The sooner you address the issue, the sooner you can prevent common denture problems.
Cost and fear of discomfort are the two of the main reasons that many people put off getting Dental Implants.
COST OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Traditional removable dentures require frequent adjustment and replacement, which costs you time and money. If you look at the total cost of dentures over your whole lifetime, Dental Implants have been proven to be the lowest-cost solution. If you include the cost of a lifetime supply of denture cleaners and adhesives, the answer is clear: in the long run, Dental Implants cost less. A recent American study showed that people spend more money on dentures than adhesives. Dental Implants will never require ANY adhesive.
Paying for Dental Implants all at once can be a lot for many household budgets. As a result, we have arranged for financing that allows you to:
- Pay $0 down, and pay $0 for three months,
- Keep your insurance coverage - you can spend this any way you wish,
- Pay the total cost over 5 years in easy monthly installments, and
- Pay the balance off at any time, without penalty.
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FEAR OF DISCOMFORT
With recent advances made in the dental implants, patients have found that getting a dental implant was less uncomfortable than getting their teeth cleaned. In fact, many patients have returned to work the following day. If you compare the short-term discomfort of receiving Dental Implants with the lifetime discomfort of traditional dentures and common denture problems, the choice is clear.
With traditional dentures, your diet will be restricted, and you will have to give up many of the foods that you love. Because chewing can be painful, you will tend to swallow your food in larger pieces, creating yet more health and digestive problems. Sore spots are inevitable with traditional dentures. A long life with traditional dentures is not the best solution.
In many ways traditional dentures are better for business. This is why most denturists will not tell you the truth about traditional dentures and common denture problems. At CDC, we feel a great deal of compassion for our patients, particularly our older patients who have pain and discomfort. In our experience, when the pain grows too intense, people will pay anything to put an end to it. For patients who have lost significant bone, bone grafting may be the only solution.
"The implant procedure took only thirty minutes and was quite painless. It's as if I had my own teeth back. My confident smile has returned and I no longer live in pain and fear."
"I returned to work the following day with barely any swelling. None of my co-workers even knew that I had a dental implant placed."
"I was shocked with how little pain was involved and surprised that I hyped it up so much in my head. The placement of the implant hurt less than a dental cleaning and I was back at work the next day."
TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Depending on your situation, you may be able to choose from a number of fixed denture options. There are three main options: a fixed denture, snap-on removable denture and an implant supported bridge.
A fixed denture is non-removable and looks & feels like natural teeth. It is supported by four or more dental implants and only your denturist or dentists can remove it in-office with special equipment. A permanent fixed denture is entirely supported by dental implants, not the bone and tissues in your mouth.
Snap-on Removable Denture
A snap-on removable denture is held in place by two or more dental implants. Snap-on dentures are supported by both the dental implants and the bone & tissues in your mouth. A snap-on denture provides less support than a permanent fixed denture, but you can always add additional dental implants down the road to convert it into a fixed denture. A snap-on removable denture is a great place to start if you have a conventional denture and are looking for a little more support.
Implant Retained Bridge
An Implant retained bridge is held in place by two or more dental implants. An implant retained bridge is generally the best long term solution for replacing missing teeth. Multiple studies have shown that the average life expectancy of a dental bridge is only 9-10 years. An implant retained bridge creates a lifetime solution where the neighbouring teeth are unaffected. The dental implants can also be used to support other implant retained bridges or even a fixed denture down the road. (Click here to learn more about partial dentures)
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