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Dentures vs Dental Implants

Dentures and dental implants are two popular options for replacing missing teeth. How do you know which one is best suited for you? The answer to this question depends on several factors, including your needs and preferences.

If you’re seeking a more permanent solution for missing teeth, the cost of dental implants, although higher, might prove to be a good investment. If you need a removable option or aren’t a candidate for permanent dental implants, removable dentures may be the way to go.

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A Quick Comparison: Dentures vs. Dental Implants

  • Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium or other metals. Removable dentures are usually made from plastic, acrylic, or porcelain.
  • Dental implants last much longer than dentures. They can last up to 20 years, while dentures only last about five years.
  • Dental implants cost more than dentures.

Removable Dentures

Dentures are artificial replacements for missing teeth. They consist of prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic or resin base. They are typically adhered to your gums with a combination of adhesive and suction. They are removed at night for soaking and cleaning.

You can get either partial or full dentures, depending on the number of replacement teeth you need. A partial denture consists of a few false teeth attached to an acrylic base. They are used when there are gaps in the upper or lower arch of teeth. A complete denture replaces the entire arch of teeth in either the upper and lower jaw.

How Do Dentures Work?

The process of getting dentures usually begins with taking impressions of your mouth. These impressions are sent to a lab where they are used to create a mold of your jawbone. This mold is then used to make a model of your upper and lower jaws. Once the model has been created, it is used to create your custom dentures.

Sometimes, you may need to have additional dental work done before our dentist can place your dentures. In this case, tooth extractions may be needed in order to remove any remaining damaged teeth. You may also need periodontal treatment or other dental procedures to properly prepare your mouth for dentures.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular alternative to dentures for replacing damaged or missing teeth. Unlike dentures, they do not require any suction or adhesive to your gums. Instead, they are surgically inserted into the jaw bone beneath your gums.

Implants roots typically made of titanium. Depending on the number of teeth you need replaced and the type of implants you choose, you may need just one artificial tooth root, or you may need several. You can request a single implant if you are missing only one tooth. But if you are missing many or all of your teeth, you can get a full mouth of dental implants.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are placed by inserting the artificial tooth root into the jawbone, where it will heal and fuse to the bone. This is the first step in the process, and the mouth must have time to heal before moving onto the final steps.

Once your mouth heals and the implants fuse to your bone, the dentist can place an abutment onto the implant, and then connect the replacement teeth.

Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth, and they look and feel just like natural teeth. There is no need to take extra precaution when cleaning or brushing; your oral hygiene routine will be just the same as if you had your original teeth.

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If you’re missing one or more of your teeth and would prefer not to have a bridge or full/partial dentures, you might consider exploring whether you’d be a good candidate for dental implants.

Things To Consider When Choosing Dentures vs. Implants

There are several things you should consider when choosing between dental implants and dentures:

Eligibility

You must have sufficient jaw bone density to be a good candidate for dental implants. If your jaw bone is deteriorating or not strong enough to support the implants, you may not be a candidate. In this case, removable dentures may be a better option.

Cost

While dentures are cheaper at first and require less upfront cost, they may become more costly over time. If they get lost or broken, they will need to be replaced completely. Additionally, they aren’t made to last as long as dental implants, so you’ll need to get them replaced more frequently than if you get permanent implants.

Appearance

Both dentures and implants can improve your appearance, but dental implants tend to look and feel more natural.

Durability

Dental implants last significantly longer than dentures. While both tooth replacement options can eventually wear down, dentures will need to be replaced sooner.

Schedule A Consultation With Us Today!

Shoreline Dental Care in Milford and West Haven, Connecticut offers convenient hours, affordable prices, and state-of-the-art equipment. We provide free consultations so you can learn everything you need about dental implants and dentures without feeling pressured.

If you’re interested in learning more about our dental services, visit our office today!

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