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Implants and Dentures Tips From Great Life Dental

Feb 13

Dentures and implants provide a great way to replace missing teeth, but the two treatments are very different from one another. Both have their place in a complete dental restoration plan, but each treatment should only be used when appropriate for your situation. 


A denture is a removable appliance that's placed over the gums and jawline to hold artificial teeth. Newer dentures—partial or full–are custom-made appliances designed to look as much like real teeth as possible while still being easy to remove from your mouth when you eat or speak. Dentures may require minor adjustments along the way if they begin to slip out of position during eating or speaking. In addition, it's especially important to brush and floss around the gums and beneath the denture to prevent tooth decay or gum disease.

Dentures can cause irritation to your gums and oral tissues, especially when they first go in. For this reason, most dentists will recommend you wear them only every other day at first. You should gradually increase their use until you're wearing your dentures all the time.

Also, keep in mind that while modern dentures are very realistic looking, they still do not feel like natural teeth when you touch them with your tongue or lips—or even when you talk and chew with them in place. They'll slip around some on your gums and jawline as well due to changes in temperature and moisture throughout the day (which is why it's important to practice good oral hygiene).

Dentures may be the right choice for you if…

You are missing all your natural teeth, or if one or more teeth are too far gone to restore.

Dental implants

A dental implant is a post made of titanium that's placed in your jawbone during surgery. It serves as an anchor for artificial teeth to replace missing ones. Implants are very sturdy and feel like real teeth when you bite down on them or speak with them in place—unlike dentures, which can slip around some during chewing and speaking because they don't have their own roots anchored into the jawbone. Unlike dentures, implants cannot be taken out of your mouth at mealtimes. You'll need to use a retainer or other appliances to keep your teeth from shifting after treatment. Implants can be used alone for single tooth replacement, but they're typically preferred in conjunction with natural teeth so you can have a fixed bridge.

Dental implants are not a good choice if you have only a few remaining teeth left that need replacing because the success of implants is based on a healthy jawbone. If you don't have enough bone to support an implant, dentures may be a better option for you. Dental implants may also not be right for people who cannot commit to good oral hygiene and regular appointments with their dentist (for cleaning and checkups).

Dentures vs dental implants - which is best?

Neither type of cosmetic dentistry treatment has a clear advantage over the other when it comes to supporting your facial structure. Denture-wearers no longer have to worry about food getting stuck in their teeth or gums, and implants do not prevent the decaying of natural teeth that remain in place next to them.

Dentures are more suitable for people with little jawbone tissue, whereas dental implants can be used by individuals who have enough healthy bone but no natural teeth remaining. And if you're looking for dentures or implants as part of a complete smile makeover, you can consult with an experienced dentist about using both treatments at the same time—a combination approach that's been very successful for many patients.



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