Dentures are essentially a prehistoric technology. The first dentures that we know of were made by the Etruscans, who wrapped gold wire around existing teeth. The missing teeth were replaced with teeth that were taken from cadavers of humans or animals. There is no evidence that they were functional restorations. Some would argue that little has changed.
Modern dentures are fit much better than these early dentures, and they are crafted with an attractive appearance, but they still have many problems. Over time, the fit of dentures changes, sometimes quite rapidly, as your gums and bone often collapse or atrophy without the stimulation of your tooth roots. When your dentures no longer fit properly, they may slip, interfering with eating and speaking. To prevent slippage, you may turn to dental adhesive, which can be toxic.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are secured in your jawbone. They stimulate your jaw and gums to prevent atrophy. They can be cared for the same way as your natural teeth and allow you to eat all the same foods. Best of all, they do not slip out of place when you are eating or talking.
To learn more about which tooth replacement option is right for you, please schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at Miami Designer Smiles today.