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Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Dental implants and dentures are popular ways to replace missing teeth nowadays. Both oral restorations come with their share of pros and cons. Dental implants are often used when a person has only lost one or two of their teeth, while dentures are often recommended for those who have lost most of their real teeth.
What you need to know about dental implants and dentures
Here are key things you should know when choosing between dental implants and dentures:
1. Dental implants
Implants replace the lost root and the visible part of a missing tooth. This helps prevent the patient's jawbone tissue from deteriorating due to a tooth or multiple teeth being missing. The process of installing dental implants requires oral surgery.
Implants are placed into the patient's jawbone, and the restoration needs up to six months to properly fuse with the bone tissue surrounding it. A crown can then be attached to the implant via an abutment once it is securely held in place. The benefits of getting dental implants include:
- No need for specialized maintenance
- Prevents remaining teeth from moving
- Can last a lifetime
- Feels and looks natural
- Does not hinder chewing and speaking
Negative things about implants include:
- The installation of the implant requires minor oral surgery
- The process of administering implants can take up to six months
- Implants are one of the pricier ways to replace a missing tooth
Dentures are the most economical way to replace missing teeth. The price of an entire denture set can be less than the cost of a single implant. Many people who have lost most of their teeth opt for dentures because of their affordability.
The process of getting dentures typically starts with a consultation. The dentist will examine the patient's mouth and take an impression or digital images. The data will be sent to a dental lab where the prosthetic will be made. The entire process usually takes a few weeks from start to finish.
The benefits of getting dentures include:
- Very affordable tooth replacement option
- Restores the look and function of the patient's teeth
- Prevents any remaining teeth from shifting
- Does not require any surgery
The drawbacks associated with dentures include:
- Dentures tend to lack stability when worn, which can lead to the oral prosthetic moving when being worn and the formation of sores on soft tissues in the mouth
- Dentures require specialized cleaning each night. The prosthetic needs to be removed and cleaned with a brush, then soaked in denture solution overnight
- People who wear dentures are limited in the foods they can eat
Fix your missing teeth today
At the end of the day, dentures and dental implants are both great ways to replace missing teeth. Call or visit our Tysons clinic to learn more about the pros and cons of these oral prosthetics. We are here to help you in any way we can!
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