Have you lost teeth or are you facing the loss of one or more teeth? You have multiple options for replacing that tooth or teeth, including traditional dentures. However, if you choose traditional dentures rather than dental implants, you might regret it. Traditional dentures might be okay for people who plan to just sit around, letting their final days pass them by. However, if you are looking to get the most out of today, tomorrow, and the uncounted days to come, dental implants can make a big difference.
St. Louis implant dentists Dr. Chris Hill and Dr. David Cappetta are committed to the best results for all their patients. They can talk to you about your cosmetic and lifestyle goals, then help you find the best tooth replacement for you. Here are some of the reasons why dental implants might be right for you if you want to live a full, active life.
Eat All the Foods You Want
If you are the sort of person who enjoys experiencing new, wonderful flavors and trying interesting foods, then dental implants are the best tooth replacement option for you.
Traditional dentures limit your ability to bite and chew. They don’t give you the bite force you had with natural teeth, and because they’re not secure, you have to learn a new, less efficient way to chew. Because of these limitations, many foods become harder to eat, verging on the impossible. Many people with dentures find themselves giving up many of the foods they used to enjoy. People with dentures often end up with a diet that’s more and more limited, consisting of relatively few foods, often highly processed.
With dental implants, you’ll be able to enjoy all the foods you did with your natural teeth. Unprocessed meat, fresh vegetables, nuts, seeds, and more–basically everything that’s fit to eat. Whether you’re traveling the world in search of exotic flavors or experimenting in your kitchen here in St. Louis, Dental implants give you the freedom to enjoy what you want.
Smile with Confidence
Whether you’re looking to meet many new people or focus on a few intimate relationships, your smile is an essential part of creating and maintaining personal connections.
Dentures can look attractive, but they’re not reliably attractive. Because dentures aren’t secure in your mouth, they might be out of place when you smile. Plus, the fit of dentures can change rapidly. They might have started beautiful and even, but their fit changes quickly because your jaw isn’t stable without the stimulation of natural teeth. The loose fit makes them more likely to wear unevenly, creating a lopsided smile.
Dental implants are always secure. They stay in place all the time. Dental implants stimulate your jawbone like natural teeth. This helps them maintain a stable fit over time. The stability and security reduce unexpected wear and tear on dental implants, so the beautiful smile your St. Louis implant dentist creates can keep looking great for years, even decades.
Be Fearlessly Active
Loose dentures can be a hindrance if you’re looking to lead an active lifestyle. Any activity that might dislodge your dentures becomes riskier. You don’t want to lose your dentures, but you don’t want to do things without teeth, either. Teeth play an important role in many sports and athletic activities–they help to stabilize your core so you can leverage your full strength and balance. Sometimes dentures don’t have a good enough fit to perform this role fully.
With dental implants, though, you can enjoy your active lifestyle without fear. Your St. Louis implant dentist will make them secure–they’re not going to fall out when you’re jostled or if you’re talking. Plus, they give you the strong, healthy bite necessary to maximize your strength and balance. Make sure to wear a mouthguard if you’re playing contact sports, just as with natural teeth.
Dentures often cause problems when speaking. This can make it hard to share the hard-earned wisdom of a lifetime, especially when you’re speaking to people assembled in an auditorium or banquet hall.
With dental implants, you’ll be able to speak clearly, whether you’re just letting a grandchild in on a secret of life or giving thanks for a major honor recognizing your outstanding contributions.
If you’re hoping to learn a new language to help make travel more rewarding, you don’t need the extra challenge of loose dentures too!
Dental implants are easy to care for. Just brush and floss, similar to natural teeth. When you travel, you don’t have to take much in the way of extra care products, compared to natural teeth.
However, with dentures, you’ll likely need additional cleaners and adhesives. Plus, if you’re traveling someplace without clean water, you’ll need additional bottled water for soaking your dentures.
Have More Time
The additional care dentures require doesn’t just mean carrying more supplies. It also means taking more time cleaning and caring for dentures. The additional need to clean dentures after meals, plus getting them in to soak every night, make dentures more time-intensive than dental implants.
Be Yourself–All the Time
Dentures can feel very much like their other name: false teeth. Many people never get used to having them in their mouth–they still get a foreign object sensation that can lead to gagging and discomfort.
Even if you get comfortable with having dentures in, you have to take them out at some point. That in itself is a confession of its own when you’re spending time with new people or just with old friends who might not know.
Dental implants feel like natural teeth. They just become part of you. In addition, you often don’t have to remove dental implants or their restoration for cleaning and care. You will feel more like yourself and can be yourself all day long.
Get Dental Implants in St. Louis
Are you missing teeth or learning that you’ll have to replace teeth soon? It’s important to consider replacement options. If you’re someone who wants to enjoy the best life has to offer, dental implants can be a big help.
To learn how dental implants can help you, please call (314) 678-7876 or use our online form to request an appointment at Smile On Dental Studio, serving the St. Louis area from our convenient location in Richmond Heights.