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Dental Implants vs Dentures

Man SmilingTeeth can decay, get damaged on impact, get infected, and in some cases, they might just fall out due to weak gums. In the event where you need to replace or install missing teeth, there are a couple of options for restoring your smile. You can get dental implants or dentures. The right option for you depends on your preference, and the health of your jaw, gums, and remaining teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is made out of titanium, and this screw-like post is inserted into the jawbone, replicating the root of a natural tooth. Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. The implant post bonds tightly with the jawbone and becomes an anchor that holds the replacement tooth. Dental implants have the same properties as natural teeth and must be taken care of the same way you would care for your natural teeth.

Pros of Dental Implants

Dental implants are long-lasting and have an exceptionally high success rate of 95%. They are permanent fixtures in your mouth that will last up to 20 years or more. They are easy to care for, and they help preserve the appearance and integrity of your facial structure and jawbone. Dental implants act exactly like regular teeth, and they allow the bone to continue growing. It is possible to get dental implants in a single visit to the dentist; however, you will have to go in for follow-ups.

Cons of Dental Implants

Not everyone can be a suitable candidate for getting implants. If the patient has weak gums and bones, the implants will not be able to fit properly to the jaw.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable pieces for your mouth that help replace missing teeth and damaged gum tissue. Dentures rest directly on the gums and are made out of a pink gum-colored acrylic base that supports the denture teeth. If you opt for partial dentures, they help fill the gaps and are used when most of the natural teeth are still intact.

Pros of Dentures

Dentures are placed in patients who have gone through tooth and gum loss. Placing dentures is a non-invasive procedure and is relatively quick.

Cons of Dentures

With dentures, replacements and adjustments may become necessary as the structure of your mouth changes as you grow older. It takes time to get used to dentures. There is a possibility you may experience difficulty chewing and speaking at first. If the dentures aren’t properly cared for, then the risk of infection around the gums increases.

To find out more about which option is best suited for you, call us at (669) 306-7669 and schedule your dental checkup with [[CLIENTEX:DOCNAME1]]].

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