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.
Additionally, implants look more natural then dentures, and can be combined with your existing teeth for a seamless look. They can help prevent bone deterioration and even the facial collapse that marks old age, allowing you to keep your mouth looking young and healthy.
Dentures are removable and must be regularly cleaned and replaced every few years. Implants, however, remain permanently in your mouth, and can last for years or even decades with proper care. This makes them more convenient and easier to live with.
When it comes to cost, dentures have the advantage; many people choose them because of budgetary concerns. However, when replacement costs are factored in, as well as concerns like quality of life and convenience, dental implants can be very competitive. In addition, our practice offers financing plans to make paying for implants easier.
Missing teeth can be a burden, but they aren’t one that you should be forced to carry. If you are interested in getting either dentures or dental implants, call (662) 269-1317 today to set up an appointment with Doctor Robertson.
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