Whether you’ve lost teeth to decay, periodontal disease or an accident, we know that having a missing tooth can be embarrassing, inconvenient and often very uncomfortable. Luckily, there are many options for restoring your teeth, but with so many options, there is also some confusion. In this post, we’re going to break down the choice between dentures and dental implants for replacing missing teeth.
Dentures are a set of false teeth that fit over the gums (full dentures) or clip into place on existing teeth (partial dentures). You can get dentures for your upper teeth, your lower teeth, or both. Dentures also have a gum-coloured acrylic base that can be matched to the colour of your actual gums to look natural.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from a titanium metal post. The implant is inserted into the bone of the jaw under the gums, where it can act as the foundation for an artificial tooth, called a crown, to be permanently attached with dental cement. Dental implants have ridges on them that make them resemble screws. The purpose of these ridges is actually to give the bone of your jaw more surface area to hold onto and grow around, a process called osseointegration. Once in place, dental implants and crowns are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth and function just like them too.
Ultimately, most dentists will strongly encourage the use of implants for replacing missing teeth. Dentists know that dental implants are the best choice for both your oral health and your comfort. As much as we think about teeth on a daily basis, we don’t want you to have to think of yours constantly! Once a patient’s implants are placed and healed, they can return to a life with a fully functional smile.
Like any dental procedure, your choice of which treatment to undergo and the results you can expect all depend in your individual dental condition. When we make a recommendation of treatment for replacing missing teeth, we take your current oral health, your health history, your ultimate goals and your financial preferences into account. If you’re interested in either dentures or dental implants, please arrange a consultation with us.
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