Whether you’re missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, you are probably wondering what the best way to replace your teeth is. Restorative dentistry includes options like dentures or dental implants.
But which is better? Let’s discuss what you need to know about dentures and dental implants.
Full dentures can cover an entire arch of teeth, while partial dentures can fill in gaps throughout your mouth. They can be removable, which makes it easy to clean.
There’s no surgery required for dentures. Natural-looking prosthetic teeth are topped onto a comfortable base that looks like gum tissue. Partial dentures are secured with metal claps. For full dentures, unless they are stabilized with dental implants, you will need dental adhesive to keep them in your mouth.
Taking care of dentures is slightly different than caring for your natural teeth. You will need to brush them with special denture-cleaning materials and remove them overnight for soaking to keep them clean. Additionally, they may need to be adjusted every few years to ensure a comfortable fit.
Dental implants look, feel, and act similarly to natural teeth.
The process starts with a consultation to be sure that your gums are healthy and your jaw is strong enough to support implants. If you're a good candidate, we can move forward with the procedure.
First, we surgically implant a biocompatible rod into your jaw. This acts as a replacement tooth root that provides a firm foundation for an accompanying restoration, either a dental crown, a bridge, or dentures.
It’s easy to take care of dental implants because you can treat them like the rest of your natural teeth. Routine dental hygiene includes brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing daily. Eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, avoid tobacco products, and visit Pleasant Plains Dental for routine checkups and cleanings. These oral health habits will ensure your gums and jaw stay healthy and strong, which will keep your implants firmly anchored.
Healing from dental implant surgery can take several months. But considering that dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement solution, many patients decide that the wait is worth it!
Which Is Right for You?
There will be a different answer for every patient. The right tooth replacement solution is a personalized decision based on your needs, lifestyle, and budget. Our dental team is happy to talk with you about your goals and our recommendation. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation!