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Dentures vs Dental Implants: Which One Is Right For You?

Posted on 12/10/2021 by Evan
Dentures vs Dental Implants: Which One Is Right For You?Dental implants and dentures are restorations that help improve your smile and keep the mouth healthy. They are designed to replace missing teeth. When you lack a tooth or several of them, it affects your oral and general health. In the gaps where a tooth is missing, bacteria and food particles can get stuck, causing a nasty infection. An infection paves the way for gum disease, which is linked to heart disease and diabetes.

Additionally, missing teeth affect jaw structure as well. The neighboring teeth can shift to fill the gap left by the missing teeth. As the teeth shift, the jawbone shifts too, causing an unstable and disproportional mouth structure. All these can contribute to tooth decay and further loss of the remaining teeth. Therefore, a tooth replacement is necessary. 

Are Dentures Your Choice?

Removable dentures come in a partial set or a full set. They are popular for individuals who are missing several teeth rather than only one. Often, these restorations are less expensive compared to dental implants. However, dentures are not for everyone. If a dentist does not secure them with adhesive, they tend to slip out of place when speaking and eating, which can be embarrassing. You also need to remove and clean them regularly. If they experience significant wear, you have to replace them. 

Should You Choose Dental Implants?

Implants, on the other hand, are permanent teeth replacements. They have become a better alternative to dentures. Although they cost more, they last longer. Receiving dental implants means fewer visits to a dentist since they are easier to maintain than dentures. People with dental implants don't have to worry about them slipping and falling out while eating, laughing, or speaking. They are more comfortable and resemble and feel like natural teeth. 

It is a good idea you talk to a dentist while weighing your options. The dentist can help you determine which restoration works best for you and explain the differences between dentures and dental implants. Reach out to our dental team today to get dental implants or dentures. 
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