Are you looking to replace one or more teeth? If you are, you have several options, including implants and dentures. Your choice will depend on several factors, such as the health of your remaining teeth and jawbone, preference, and price.
Implants and dentures have certain pros and cons. Therefore, before you make a choice, you need to consult your dentist. You might also want to consider other options, such as dental bridges. Implants and dentures, ultimately, serve similar purposes, which are:
That said, there are significant differences and variances between the two solutions. Therefore, it can be quite difficult to determine the best option. Some of the most important factors to consider include:
Dentures are prosthetic, removable teeth fitted for your mouth. It does not matter how much jaw bone is present. Your dentist can make dentures to replace a few missing teeth or complete sets to replace all the teeth on your lower or upper jaws.
He or she will first take an impression of your lower and/or upper gums, depending on your specific requirements. Before your dentist makes your dentures, he or she will study your teeth alignment and bite. The aim is to ensure that the length of the dentures allows for optimal and comfortable speech and chewing.
If you are looking to get implants, you need to have adequate jawbone for your dentist to place them. These are very popular, especially among people aged between 55 and 64 years.
Your dentist will extract damaged teeth, including the root, and drill a hole into your jawbone. He or she will implant a metal prosthetic root deep into your jawbone. The dentist will then fit a crown at the top of the post and attach an artificial tooth matching the surrounding teeth.
Cost is another important factor to consider. Generally, dental implants tend to be significantly more expensive than dentures, bridges, and other treatments. The cost will vary based on where your dentist practices, in addition to other factors.
The procedure for caring for dental implants is the same as that of caring for natural teeth. This means brushing teeth at least twice daily, flossing, and going for regular dental checkups. When it comes to dentures, however, greater daily maintenance is essential for them to remain viable for the long term.
For example, you should avoid wearing them overnight. Instead, soak them in a special cleaning solution or water at night. Also, you need to remove them after eating and brush them, in addition to brushing away any lingering bits of adhesive on your gums.
Although experts consider dental implants an effective and safe solution to missing teeth, they can still present certain complications. Some of these include mechanical problems and infections. Between five and 10 percent of the time, dental implants fail. When it comes to dentures, the most common problems are difficulty staying in place and sores forming on the gums.
To learn more about dental implants and dentures, visit Levenson Smile at our offices in Worcester, Massachusetts. You can also call (508)731-3940 to book an appointment.