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Dental Implants Vs. Dentures: What's the Difference?

November 3, 2021

Tooth loss can have a significant impact on your oral and overall health. Not only can it affect your ability to eat and speak, but it can also impact your mental health, making you less confident in your appearance. 

Fortunately, in this day and age, there are different options for addressing tooth loss, such as dental implants or dentures. 

But, what's the difference between the two and how can you decide which one is best for you? 

Hopefully, this article will help you find the answer. 

Dentures vs. Dental Implants: Understand the Difference 

 

  • Dentures

 

Dentures are a temporary treatment option used to replace missing teeth. The implementation and fitting procedure is quick and painless and can be performed in just a few visits to the dentist's office.

At first, they may feel a little uncomfortable and you may have difficulty when trying to talk or eat with them. But, as you get more accustomed to how they feel in your mouth, you will regain most of your precious oral functions. 

 

  • Dental Implants

 

Dental implants, on the other hand, are made of a durable metal called titanium, and are inserted directly into the jaw bone. This implant will replace the root of the old tooth and work as the basis around which the doctor will create the crown of your new tooth. 

Unlike dentures, which may need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years, dental implants are permanent and can last you a lifetime. 

However, the healing process in the case of dental implants can range from several months to half a year. But, the result will be an implant that feels and functions just like a real tooth. 

Which One Should You Choose? 

The answer is not simple and it largely depends on your oral health. Not everyone can qualify for dental implants and your dentist will examine your medical history thoroughly to ensure you are a good candidate. First and foremost, you need to have solid bone density in your jaw for the implant to anchor to. If you have low bone density, dentures may be the most reasonable and safe course of action. 

But, if you are in good oral and general health, then dental implants may be the optimal option. 

Missing teeth can create negative changes in the structure of the jaw bone and muscles. Because the jaw bone is not stimulated anymore, it can cause the bone to deteriorate even further. Moreover, the jaw also supports the soft tissues on your face and if the jaw is not functioning properly anymore, then that can also affect how your face looks. 

Dental implants mimic the appearance and function of a real tooth to stimulate the jaw and prevent bone resorption, ensuring the proper function of your bite. 

How Do I Care for Dentures vs Dental Implants? 

Dental implants are teeth replacements and must be cared for like natural teeth. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every night. 

In the case of dentures, the cleaning process is a bit more complicated and requires more attention. You shouldn't wear your dentures overnight, but place them in a glass of water or a special cleaning solution. 

Southington Dentistry Can Give You a Beautiful Smile

Whether you need dentures or dental implants, at Southington Dentistry you can rest assured that you will get the best dental care in the Plantsville area. 

Get in touch with us now to schedule your appointment and discuss your options with one of our doctors.

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