We hope you are able to keep all your adult teeth your whole life. But it’s possible you may lose a tooth as an adult because of trauma or decay. Tooth loss can negatively affect your self-esteem, what you can eat, how you speak, and how you look. Fortunately, there are several tooth replacement solutions that can restore your confidence, smile, and chewing function!
In this blog post, we discuss the differences between dentures vs. dental implants.
Dentures consist of artificial teeth on an acrylic base that mimics the appearance of gums. Dental implants are titanium posts surgically implanted into your jawbone. Crowns are placed on top to replace your teeth. Though modern dentures look fantastic, dental implants are the most natural-looking tooth replacement.
Because they are removable, dentures take some getting used to. Partial dentures clip onto neighboring teeth and full dentures are secured with a dental adhesive. You want a good quality adhesive to prevent slippage. Dental implants always feel stable because the titanium post is securely fused to your jawbone. These posts also stimulate the bone when you chew to prevent bone deterioration.
Dentures last around 7-10 years before needing to be adjusted. In contrast, a dental implant is considered a permanent tooth replacement solution, though your crown may need to be replaced eventually due to normal wear and tear.
When it comes to replacing an entire arch of missing teeth, dentures are usually more affordable than implants. If you’re replacing just one tooth, however, an implant might be less pricey than partial dentures. The specific cost of either tooth replacement option depends on your situation.
Dentures need special care. You remove them for cleaning and soaking overnight. If they’re allowed to dry out, they become brittle and vulnerable to cracking. Dental implants are cared for just like your natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing, routine dental visits, and a balanced diet. Additionally, you’ll need to avoid tobacco products. Good oral health habits will promote strong gums, which are essential for keeping your implants securely fused to your jawbone.
Consult with Our Team!
The best tooth replacement option depends on a patient’s specific needs and budget. Dentures, dental implants, and bridges have their pros and cons. Our expert team can help you decide the right treatment for your situation. If you have any questions about replacing missing teeth or our comprehensive dental services, please contact Dental Health Associates today!
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