Posted on 10/30/2018 by Dr. Castellon
|Tooth loss is a common dental problem that affects millions of people around the world. Those who suffer from it experience a number of challenges – from a gap in the smile to problems when chewing and speaking, and in extreme cases, even bone loss (jawbone).
Fortunately, there are some effective solutions to this problem – dental implants or dentures.
What Are Dentures?Dentures are prosthetic devices that are used to replace missing teeth. They feature a plate that comes with one or more artificial teeth to replace the missing ones. The plate is held down on to the oral tissue using adhesives or suction cups.
Dental Implants Are DifferentDental implants are another replacement option for missing teeth. They involve surgically implanting metal frames to the jawbone and then mounting artificial teeth on the frames.
Dental Implants Are Longer-lastingDental implants are a long-term solution that can last a lifetime if they are well-taken care off. On the other hand, dentures are not permanent, and they need replacements every now and then. They also require regular removal from the mouth when not in use.
Dental Implants Are More RealisticDentures feature a rubber frame where artificial teeth are placed, and they are only held down to the oral tissues. As a result, patients who wear them tend to experience problems such as the dentures moving around in the mouth, coming loose, and even falling off.
On the other hand, dental implants are surgically implanted and permanently secured to the jaw bone. They are also similar to real teeth – it is nearly impossible to differentiate between a dental implant and a real tooth.
Dental Implants Are Easier to MaintainDentures require intensive maintenance procedures, including removing them daily at night. Dental implants, on the other hand, are maintained through normal dental hygiene practices - regular brushing and flossing, just like real teeth. They are therefore easier to maintain compared to dentures.
Dental Implants Do Not Lead to Bone LossOne major concern of missing teeth is the loss of jawbone, and this is something that affects even patients who wear dentures (over long periods). However, this is something that you do not have to worry about with dental implants as they do not lead to bone loss.
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