Have you found yourself in a situation where you have missing teeth? Maybe it was because of dental trauma, a health condition, or poor oral hygiene. Whatever the case may be, if you’re looking into tooth-replacement options, read on to learn about the difference between dental implants and dentures. Both options have their advantages as well as certain considerations to take into account. Let’s break it down:
Dental implants are currently the closest alternative to natural teeth. Not only are they designed to look, feel, and function like your real teeth, but they’re actually secured into your jawbone with a biocompatible titanium screw, which mimics how tooth roots naturally secure teeth in place. This means that you don’t have to deal with taking them in and out, and they won’t slip around on your gums. Plus, they are easy to keep clean, since they only require the typical maintenance that natural teeth need to stay healthy.
The main considerations with dental implants is that a healthy jawbone and healthy gums are necessary for surgery and successful integration into your jaw. Additionally, they are a more expensive tooth-replacement option initially. However, consider them a long-term investment because they likely will last the rest of your lifetime.
Dentures have been around for quite some time now, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stayed in the dark ages! With modern developments, dentures (both partial and full) are more natural-looking and comfortable than ever before. They are an affordable choice, especially if you have a cluster of missing teeth or an entire smile in need of replacement.
On the flip side, dentures require a bit more effort when it comes to keeping them in good condition. You’ll need to remove them at night and clean them daily with a special denture cleanser. It may also take you a bit of time to get used to the feeling of them in your mouth and using an adhesive to keep them in place. For those that have multiple missing teeth and don't want to worry about adhesive, implant-supported dentures are also an option.
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If you’re still on the fence about what to do, visit our office so we can make a recommendation based on your unique circumstances. At our dental office, we offer both restorative dental treatments and would be happy to help you make a decision. Schedule a consultation today!