If you have a lot of problems with your teeth or you're missing several teeth, you might be considering dentures. However, you may be leery of dentures if you've heard bad things about how they're uncomfortable or make you look older than you are. A solution to consider is having dental implants put in to hold the dentures in place. Here three reasons to get dental implants for your dentures.
1. Implants Stimulate Bone Growth
One problem that accompanies removing all of your teeth is that the bone in your jaw starts to shrink since it is no longer stimulated by tooth roots. When your bone gets smaller, your face begins to sag around your mouth, and that can make you look older than you are or feel.
Implants help prevent this problem because the implant is screwed in your jaw bone. Every time you chew, the implant stimulates the bone so it is triggered to keep growing and stay healthy. This could potentially keep you from developing the sunken look around your mouth that might otherwise develop.
2. Dental Implants Lock The Dentures In Place
You've probably seen your grandparents or parents lose their false teeth when laughing or coughing. That's a fairly common problem with traditional dentures that don't have anything other than denture paste to hold them in place.
If you have a few healthy teeth, your dentist might want to keep them so the dentures can attach to them and stay in place better. If you have all your teeth removed, then implants will hold the dentures in place and may even do it better than natural teeth.
Your dentist decides how many implants you need to hold the dentures securely, and then dentures snap on the implants so they stay put. You don't have to worry about dentures falling out or flying out of your mouth and embarrassing you.
3. Dental Implants Allow You To Eat A Variety Of Foods
One of the best things about locking your dentures in place with implants is that you can eat foods you might be afraid to eat otherwise. You can bite into an apple, eat corn on the cob, and even crunch raw vegetables. Dental implants are just as strong as natural teeth, so whether you have an implant with a crown or get implants with snaps for dentures, you can eat a normal diet.
Being able to eat a wide variety of foods and raw vegetables and fruits is important for good health as you age, and that alone is a good reason to talk to your dentist about getting implants.