The dental implant market has been growing rapidly. With more than 30 years of development and service, dental implants are coming to be seen as a mature technology that has been proven to be an effective tooth replacement option. Some people are even saying that dental implants will soon lead to the elimination of dentures. However, looking at the issue realistically, it’s easy to see that it is unlikely that dental implants will ever completely replace dentures.
One of the most important factors in the continued use of dentures is that dentures are continuing to get better. Compared to the dentures of the past, modern dentures like FOY Dentures® are better at reducing slippage, denture pain, and the loss of jawbone. This makes them a viable option for many people, and certainly makes them seem better when you consider some of the potential disadvantages of dental implants (see below).
It’s actually very rare for a new technology to completely replace the old one. Often, older technologies offer some benefits for people that cannot be captured by the new one. Consider the prevalence of some very old technologies in our daily lives, such as eyeglasses, which continue to resist challenges from newer technologies like contact lenses and laser eye surgery.
Finally, an important factor here is that dental implants do have some limitations that make them inappropriate for some people. First, dental implants require a certain amount of bone material to support them. People with limited bone mass may get better results from dentures than dental implants. In addition, dental implants require an invasive procedure, which comes with a significant recovery period. Dental implants are also vulnerable to periodontal disease, especially among smokers.
You may have been told that dentures are “obsolete,” but the truth is that dentures continue to be a beneficial treatment option for many people. We can talk to you about your options and help you decide whether they are your best treatment option.
For more information about dentures and other tooth replacement, options, please contact Dental Excellence of Blue Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today.
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