June 15, 2018

There are numerous types of dental restorations available for filling in missing teeth, and most all of them come with certain compromises. For example, dentures typically result in reduced bite force, slippage and bone recession. Luckily, you can avoid these problems and more by getting dental implants instead.

Reduced Bite Force

Dentures require you to make special considerations concerning your diet. Foods you need to avoid include:

  • Popcorn
  • Sticky candy
  • Crackers
  • Seeds
  • Raw vegetables and fruits
  • Steak
  • Nut butters

These foods can become lodged and stuck between the teeth of the dentures. The bacteria can make its way from the restoration to the gum tissue, resulting in gingivitis. Implants are much more durable and will allow you to maintain virtually the same diet as before.


Implants allow you to maintain the same oral hygiene routine as before. You can floss and brush like always, and since the implant is attached to the jawbone, it remains firmly in place for years. However, dentures are not held down with the same devices. You also have to remove your dentures before going to bed, and you will need to invest in special solutions to keep your dentures clean overtime.

Bone Recession

Dentures replace the part of the tooth you can see, but they do nothing to stimulate the underlying jawbone. Without that stimulation, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate, and over the course of several years, the face will take on a more sunken appearance. Dental implants serve as replacement tooth roots, providing the bone tissue with the stimulation it needs to remain strong and viable.

See What Restorations Are Available at Our Office

Dr. Jignesh Patel has helped numerous people in Schaumburg, Illinois get the smile they have always wanted. Schedule an appointment with our dentist to see whether you qualify for dentures or implants, and you can also ask about financing options for both.



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