Dentures, partial and full, are typical replacements for lost teeth. But dental implants have been successfully used for the past several decades, making them another trustworthy option.
Which is better: dentures or implants? That comes down to which one will meet your needs the best.
The Main Differences Between Dentures and Implants
Dentures are removable. They’re designed based on the shape of your gums, jaw anatomy, and the position of your remaining teeth. A denture can have clasps for it to attach to existing teeth or it could rest fully on your gums.
Implants, on the other hand, are fixed and permanent. Implants are artificial tooth roots inserted into the bone beneath gums. The part that extends up above the gingiva can support a crown, bridge, or even a denture.
Getting a denture is a non-invasive procedure since there are usually no surgeries involved. Dentures usually only last about five years before they need to be adjusted or replaced.
Implants require a series of minor surgical procedures and a few months of healing afterward. But once you get an implant, it stays with you for life.
Is One Really Better Than the Other?
Whether you should get a denture or implant basically comes down to your unique dental health needs and priorities.
Implants are great because they work and feel just like real teeth. They’re good for the mouth, don’t harm your remaining teeth, and fill out your facial profile. But if your health won’t let you tolerate the procedure or support an implant in place, then going with a traditional denture may be best.
Talk with your dentist to find out which tooth replacement option is right for you.
Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
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