blog | August 31, 2014 – San Francisco, CA
Dental Implants vs. Dentures

If you have ever had the misfortune to have worn dentures, you will probably already know the answer to that question. Dentures were invented as a substitute for teeth that had been lost, in order that a patient could once again have a good looking smile, and – more importantly – be able to eat and chew properly once more.

Up to a certain point, they worked. As one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading centers for dental implants, we get many questions about why dental implants are superior to traditional dentures. Everyone in image-conscious California wants a beautiful smile, and the latest technology. But while dentures can give you a great looking smile, they have problems. For example, they have to be inserted into your mouth, held in place with a glue, and feel uncomfortable. Sure, you can get used to the feeling of them in your mouth after a time, but the problem is that they tend to slip about and come loose when you eat.

This quick blog post will help you understand the differences between dental implants and dentures. Let’s get started!

The Tremendous Pressure of the Human Jaw

If you think about it this makes perfect sense. When you chew on food, especially hard foods such as nuts, or tough beef, there is a tremendous amount of pressure put on your teeth. If those teeth are not fixed into your jawbone, but are sitting on top of it held in place with glue, it is fairly obvious that the pressure will cause the dentures to slip and slide about.

Back in the dark ages, dentures certainly had their place. However, times have changed and things have moved on. When the Wright brothers flew their first aircraft, everyone was amazed. However, one hundred years later, if you were asked to fly off on your holiday in one of those planes, you wouldn’t even consider it.

Eat Naturally with Superior Dental Implants

Much the same thing has happened in dentistry. Today, dental implants are the jet aircraft of the day. Not only can they give you a great smile – which they do – but they can give you the ability to eat in exactly the same way as you used to do with your natural teeth. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we are always on the cutting edge of technology, and that’s no less true in dentistry than it is in semiconductors.

Why are do dental implants allow you to eat naturally? The reason for this is that the implants themselves are inserted into, and in effect become, part of your jawbone, just as your original teeth were. There is no possibility that they can slip about, no matter what foods you choose to eat. With dental implants, you can eat foods that you may not have been able to eat for years. The fact that they also give you a winning smile is merely a bonus. If you think about it, your smile is not for your benefit because you don’t see it. It is for the benefit of others.

However, when you can once again eat whatever you wish, and enjoy tastes that you may have thought you would never be able to enjoy again, then that is entirely for your benefit, and the major advantage of choosing dental implants.

Get a Consultation on Dental Implants in our San Francisco Office

Dr. Alexander Rabinovich is a leading San Francisco Oral Surgeon and can assess whether you are a suitable patient for dental implants. Fortunately, most people are, as there are only a few conditions which might make a patient unsuitable. Dr. Rabinovich is an expert in restoring your smile, and your ability to eat whatever you wish, and can replace a single tooth, many teeth, or even all your teeth in a process known as “teeth in a day”.

For a consultation and assessment, just call our office or simply click on the Get In Touch link above. You are only a step away from being able to smile, laugh, and above all, eat in comfort once again.