Dentures vs Implants
Do you need to replace one or more missing teeth? There are several options you can choose from, including dentures and dental implants. The right solution for you will depend on several factors, such as personal preference, the health of your remaining teeth, and the strength of your jawbone.
Dentures and implants have certain advantages and disadvantages, so it is essential for you to learn about both options and explore them with your dentist or oral surgeon.
Dentures vs. Implants: Procedure, Maintenance, and Complications
Let’s take a look at the differences between dental implants and dentures so you can make a sound decision regarding the right treatment option for yourself:
A dental implant is created by first extracting the damaged tooth root. Once the root is removed, a hole is drilled into the jawbone, and a metal root, called a post, is implanted. Then the bone is allowed to grow around the post for a couple of months. After the bone has grown, the abutment is added to the post. Then, the crown, a prosthetic tooth made to blend in with your surrounding teeth, is fitted on top.
Dentures are made by first taking an impression of the upper or lower gums, or both. Your dentist will also consider the arrangement of your upper and lower jaw as well as your bite to make sure the denture will allow for optimal biting, chewing, and talking. A set of dentures are then made in a lab and sent to your dentist. It is placed in your mouth, and any needed adjustments to the alignment or length of the teeth are made before a final set is produced. Dentures are held in place with a particular type of adhesive that bonds them to your gums.
Caring for dental implants is the same as caring for your natural teeth. You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristle brush, floss regularly, and get frequent checkups.
However, much greater care is required for dentures if you want them to last long. You should not wear them overnight, and they need to soak in water or a special cleaning solution while you sleep. To clean dentures every day, you need to remove them after eating and brush them thoroughly.
Dental implants are usually safe and practical solutions to missing teeth. Still, they can present a range of complications, such as infection and mechanical problems such as cracked crowns or loose posts. About 5% to 10% of the time, dental implants fail.
On the other hand, the most prevalent complexities with dentures are sores forming on the gums due to extended use and the dentures not staying in place.
Before you decide which treatment option to select, consult a dentist. Schedule a consultation with Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS today by calling at (346) 250-2930. Our providers will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and suggest the right treatment option for you.