Dental Implants or Dentures? How to Determine What’s Right for You

Whether you’re missing one or more teeth, you’re at a disadvantage every time you eat. You may also feel bothered by your appearance, especially if missing teeth are right up front. Thanks to today’s dental technology, you now have options to replace missing teeth, namely dentures or dental implants. But knowing which choice is the best one for you may not be so easy.

The basics of dentures

A denture is a removable appliance that contains artificial teeth designed to look like your natural ones. The denture is made of durable material that fits snuggly in your mouth to replace teeth missing from tooth decay, injury, or gum disease.  

Dentures stay in place using the natural suction created in your mouth. You can also use a special adhesive to bond the denture to your gums to help prevent slipping.

Each denture is created specific to the contours of your mouth by custom molds that help ensure the denture fits correctly in your mouth. The mold also addresses your bite to make it easy to chew food and speak while wearing the denture.

Initially, wearing a denture can feel awkward and uncomfortable. However, your mouth adapts quickly to the presence of the denture, and you learn how to talk and eat without complications. Dentures can be adjusted over time to maintain a good fit.

Cleaning and maintaining dentures is easy. You can remove the appliance before you go to sleep and use a high-quality denture cleaner to remove food particles and bacteria.

The lowdown on dental implants

Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. Implants first require a surgical procedure to insert a titanium post into your jaw bone. In some cases, you may need a bone graft to strengthen the jaw and provide enough support for the implant.

You need to allow several months to pass during which your jaw bone heals and fuses to the post. Once you’re fully healed, you can return for the placement of the artificial teeth. These teeth are made of high-quality materials that are stain-resistant and look just like your natural teeth. Implants are created to match the natural shape and color of your other teeth to blend seamlessly in your mouth.

The artificial tooth is attached to the post and provides you with the same functionality as your natural teeth, making it easy to eat and speak. You maintain the artificial teeth just like you do your natural ones, brushing and flossing to prevent tooth decay in surrounding teeth and gum disease.

Making a choice

If you’re interested in a no-hassle, low-maintenance method for replacing missing teeth, you may want to consider dentures. The appliance costs less than dental implants and requires no surgery or recovery time. Your custom dentures can be fitted and created in a short period of time.

If you’re looking for a long-lasting solution to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants can provide you with many benefits over dentures. You won’t have to worry about your implants slipping out of place when eating or talking, and there are no special cleaning requirements other than brushing your teeth. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about using messy adhesives to keep your implants from shifting.

Although implants may be more convenient than a denture appliance, you do need to consider the risks associated with surgery, including the general anesthesia and the long recovery period to allow your jaw to heal.

The best way to determine which option is right for you is to consult with your Midtown Dental provider who can review your cosmetic goals and recommend the best choice for maintaining total dental health.


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