Do you have a dental problem that requires replacing some or all of your teeth, and you're debating between implants and dentures? If so, it will help to know more about these two options.
A dental implant requires putting a post into your jawbone that is made out of titanium. This is used to support a post that is used to attach a crown that looks like a natural tooth. The implant can be installed to support a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even strategically replace all of your teeth by only using a few key implants.
Dental implants will require surgery to place the titanium post in your jawbone, which many people do not want. The cost can also be expensive, which makes the procedure prohibitive for some people. However, the implants end up being a permanent fixture in your mouth and are incredibly easy to maintain. You simply brush them like natural teeth.
A huge benefit of dental implants is that they have the potential to last forever. They are also going to be strong enough to eat all your favorite foods without having to think about it. The titanium post will also help keep your jawbone strong, so you won't have to worry about bone loss around your mouth. This is why people with dentures sometimes have odd facial features that are caused over time.
Dentures are artificial teeth that are attached to an acrylic plate. That plate rests on top of your gums and is designed to replace all or some of your missing teeth. Partial dentures are used when you only need a few teeth replaced, and complete dentures are when all of your teeth are replaced.
Many people like having dentures because you can remove them for easy cleaning and because of the lack of surgery that is necessary to get dentures. However, dentures are more likely to lead to bone loss because the dentures are not providing the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to be healthy.
Dentures also have a bit of a learning curve to wearing them, and it will have an immediate impact on your speech. After an adjustment period, you'll eventually get used to wearing dentures and talking with them inside your mouth.
Undecided on which method you want to use to replace your missing teeth? Reach out to a dentist for more information about dental implants and dentures.