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The Difference Between Dentures And Implants

Dentures And Implants


Tooth replacement is something that many people encounter during the course of their lives and can be necessary because of any number of reasons. From accidents, extractions, and disease to wanting a more beautiful smile, the solution can be a costly exercise but is something most people would prefer to have done as quickly as possible. Whether the decision is based on health or cosmetic reasons, there are two common options worth understanding. We explore the difference between dentures and implants.

Dentures

Dentures have been used successfully to treat tooth loss for a very long time and remain popular to this day. They are most commonly made of porcelain and cover the roof of the mouth and lower gums. Although they are positioned where the teeth are missing, they are removable and can be taken out at any time. They should, in fact, be removed frequently to be cleaned to maintain good oral health.

There are, however, some drawbacks which have in recent years made them a secondary option to implants for many people. Having to remove them every night is a thought some are not comfortable with and, notably, because of the amount of space they require over the palate, taste can be diminished by up to 70%. Removing them often over long periods can cause damage, and as a person ages, if teeth are missing, their jaw changes its size and remodels itself. This loss of bone can decrease stability and retention while causing irritation, not to mention the 'sunken look' when the dentures are removed. Dental implants cost more than dentures upfront, but dentures may need to be replaced every few years.

Implants

Dental implants have been a predictable treatment option for more than 30 years and have an incredibly high success rate. The most significant difference with implants is that they are permanent. A titanium fixture is surgically attached to the jaw and titanium or ceramic dental implants are 'screwed' onto it. They cannot and need not be removed because the roots of missing teeth are replaced.

There are multiple benefits to this. Firstly, they are incredibly comfortable and look like natural teeth. Because of the durability of the material, they are likely to last a lifetime, and they don't limit what a person can eat or chew. Implants need only regular tooth brushing and flossing, as a natural tooth does. Although dental implants cost more initially, they are unlikely to need replacement over time. Ceramic dental implants also happen to be the most natural looking and are indistinguishable from real teeth.

Making a decision

There are many factors for each person to take into consideration, depending on their specific situation, which may include cost, health, time and comfort, and a detailed conversation should be had with a reputable dentist to understand which option may be best. Dentures remain a cost-effective option, but we are living in an age where more options are available, and the drawbacks are not always necessary to contend with. Implants should be explored whenever possible, and priority should be given to health.

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