Choosing Between Dentures and Implants

Dental ImplantsWhen you lose your teeth, it may gravely affect your oral health. The type of dental prosthesis you need will depend on how many teeth you’ve lost and the durability you require.

Dentures

Dentures are removable prosthetics that can replace some or all of your teeth. The latter, partial dentures, are made to fit the gap between teeth and may sometimes be secured by anchoring onto the adjacent teeth.

Complete dentures are full replacements for the upper teeth, lower teeth, or both. These are used once all the wounds from tooth extraction have healed. This can take anywhere from eight to twelve weeks, during which you will have to do without teeth.

Immediate dentures are made beforehand and placed immediately after the teeth have been extracted. Because the gum and muscle tissues are still healing and shifting during this period, the dentist will need to adjust the dentures until the gums have completely healed.

Implants

Instead of having to put on and remove dentures on a regular basis, some may opt to use dental implants. A titanium root will be fused with your jaw bone over the missing tooth socket over the course of months. Once the root is set properly, a crown that mimics the look of your regular teeth will be placed on it. Unlike dentures, there is no extraction necessary with the exception of removing any roots that may have been left behind.

The disadvantage of implants is that it takes far longer to put in place and the cost is several times higher than your regular dentures. However, caring for implants can be easier. All you have to do is treat them like your natural teeth, brushing and flossing regularly.

Speak with your dentist regarding these options or any other that he might suggest. Depending on your case, the dentist may recommend one prosthetic over the other. Discuss your budget, too. The most important matter is to choose what will be the most comfortable and convenient for you.