How to Choose Between Dentures and Dental Implants

Nobody wants to live with a missing or chipped tooth. Major damage to your smile can lead to self-esteem problems and a hesitation to smile, which can even cause temporary sadness. That’s one of the reasons dentists and researchers work so hard to develop treatments like dentures and dental implants, which enable patients to replace missing or chipped teeth with replacements that can last decades.

Why Dental Implants?

Dental implants are replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The implants themselves are tiny titanium objects placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The jawbone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for the new tooth. They are the go-to permanent solution for missing teeth, and they can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

Dental implants are the more popular and common option for replacing missing teeth because they do not have to be removed and cleaned daily. Dentures are false teeth and must be applied with adhesive. This means that dentures can slide back and forth and even fall out, leading to embarrassing moments. Furthermore, partial dentures must be fitted properly, or they can lead to infection and further dental decay and periodontal disease.

Increased Bone Stimulation

When you lose a tooth, the jawbone around it stops stimulating new bone growth, which can lead to a decrease in the strength and quality of your jawbone. However, since dental implants function like normal teeth, your jawbone doesn’t deteriorate.

No Need for Replacement

Unlike dentures, which may need to be replaced every five or ten years, dental implants function as permanent teeth and are made of strong titanium, which can last decades. Therefore, in normal cases, there isn’t any need to replace implants in the future.

Less Hassle

Since the titanium in dental implants fuses to your jawbone, dental implants don’t ever need to be taken out. Unlike dentures, you’ll never have to apply adhesive to keep them in place every day.

In the end, with such great treatment options available, along with our outstanding prices for dental implants, there are fewer reasons not to replace missing or chipped teeth.

If you have any lingering questions about dentures or dental implants, or if you would like to schedule a dental exam, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.

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