Dentures or Implants: Which Solution is Best for Me?
If you are missing one or more of your adult teeth, you’re probably considering a type of tooth replacement. No one wants to walk around with parts of their smile missing. Luckily, there are great alternatives available, such as dentures or implants. We are going to walk you through your choices to help you choose the best option to complete your beautiful smile.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth that is designed to look as natural as possible. It is made of acrylic plastic or porcelain and metal materials. You have to secure the replacement with denture adhesive, or you run the risk of your dentures slipping out of place while eating or speaking, which could be quite embarrassing. Your tissue and underlying bone in the mouth are continually changing, which means that dentures will need to be adjusted, relined, or replaced over time to maintain a good fit. Depending on the everyday use and how well they are taken care of, many dentists will recommend that you have a new set of dentures every five to seven years.
There are two types of dentures; full and partial. Partial dentures are ideal for those who still have most of their natural teeth remaining. It’s manufactured and made to look like full dentures, but will only have the false teeth in the places you are missing your natural teeth. Partial dentures rely on adjacent teeth for support which runs the risk of infection and decay in your natural teeth, especially if they are fitted incorrectly.
Dental implants are a more permanent replacement option for missing teeth. It’s a surgical fixture that is placed into the jawbone and made to fuse with the bone over the span of a few months. The implant is a titanium post, which serves as the function of a tooth root, which allows your dentist to mount replacement teeth (or a bridge) into that area. Dental implants can last up to 20 years or more with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental checkups.
Choosing between dentures or implants will ultimately come down to your personal preferences. Dentures are the best fit for those whose gums and jaw are weak or unhealthy. However, dental implants are the strongest, most reliable form of permanent tooth replacement. Because they are fixed firmly into the gums, it eliminates the risk of slippage while dentures can come loose, slip, or fall out of place entirely. Dental implants don’t rely on adjacent teeth for support, so there is no risk of damaging your natural teeth. Both solutions are going to give you that beautiful smile you’ve been wanting, whether you choose dentures or implants.
Consult your dentist and find out which alternative is going to serve you best. Your smile is the nicest thing you can wear. It needs to be something you’re proud of.
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