Missing teeth can lead to all sorts of problems, from loss of confidence to difficulty chewing. Luckily, there are many different procedures that can allow you to fill in those gaps—but which ones are best for you? Traditional dentures and newer dental implants both have their advantages.
Learning the Distinctions
First of all, what are the differences? A denture is a set of removable false teeth, often held in place with an acrylic false palate and adhesive strips. Dental implants, on the other hand, involve inserting an implant that attaches to the bone, bonding with the jaw as the healing process progresses. Artificial teeth are then attached to the implants.
One major advantage of implants is comfort. They both look and feel like natural teeth, allowing you to talk, eat, and smile naturally. Dentures, on the other hand, can take quite a bit of getting used to, and often are prone to slippage. This can cause embarrassment, difficulty speaking or chewing, and even blisters on the gums. ...
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