Long gone are the days when your only options for replacing missing teeth had but one option; dentures. If you’re going to lose a tooth these days, those options have expanded; dentures or dental implants? Let’s look at the differences.
Conventional and Immediate Dentures
Dentures are appliances made in a laboratory, custom-made to fit over your gums. Full dentures replace all of your teeth while partial dentures cover one to a few teeth. Conventional dentures have approximately an 8 to 12 week wait after your natural teeth have been removed to be able to use them. There’s also the option of immediate dentures but the downfall to these is that you will need several adjustments as your gums begin to shrink and reshape from the healing process.
Dentures also have a learning curve until you get used to them, including how you chew, how you talk, and how to keep the dentures in place.
Dental implants are a more permanent fix and with proper care, can last a lifetime. Dental implants are secured into the bone of your upper or lower jaw and require no special adhesives or excessive learning curves because they function just like your natural teeth.
Dentures or Dental Implants?
If you have a choice, dental implants have always been preferred by patients and dentists because they are a more permanent solution that feels more natural. Dental implants are also 98% successful. For some, cost might be a concern. Some insurances may cover a portion of implants and some offices may offer special financing.
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