Not too long ago, dentures were the only way to restore a full set of teeth. Now, however, dentists offer a few options, such as dental implants. To help give you an idea of whether dentures or dental implants would make a better fit for your mouth, we’ve laid out some of the basics of each treatment below.
Dentures are prosthetic devices that fit over the gums to fill in for missing teeth. Complete dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in your mouth and are placed directly on your gums. Partial dentures, on the other hand, only replace a few missing teeth. A partial denture usually consists of a pink or gum-colored plastic base which is connected to a metal framework that holds the denture in place.
Dentures, however, do come with substantial drawbacks. Dentures can make eating and speaking difficult until you have experience wearing them. They have also been known to increase the risk of bone disease and can cause bone and facial tissue loss. Moreover, many people feel ashamed or embarrassed for wearing dentures and find that dentures hamper their social life.
Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth secured to the jawbone. During the procedure, a titanium post is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the post, fastening it in place tightly. Once the root is ready, a custom-made replacement tooth is attached to the post as a permanent fixture.
Dental implants are the most durable tooth-replacement option available. Many actually last a lifetime. Implants also look and feel like your natural teeth, and you don’t have to worry about slippages while eating or talking. The implant procedure doesn’t compromise the health of your other teeth and is reported to be almost painless.
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