Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Do you have missing teeth that are affecting your smile and confidence? Don’t worry. Gone are the days when people have to live through their life with a missing tooth. Today, we have several alternatives for tooth replacement, with dental implants and dentures being the most popular alternatives.
Dental implants are a permanent replacement for a missing tooth. Given its benefits, dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular choice in recent years. However, for a dental implant to fit securely in your oral cavity, you need enough bone mass to hold the implant and may need a bone graft.
What to Expect During a Dental Implant?
To implant a tooth, the dentist will first remove the damaged tooth root and give enough time for your gums to heal. Our dental practitioner will drill into the jawbone once the root is removed and implant a metal prosthetic root deep into the bone.
Again, our dental practitioner will give enough time to the root to settle into the bone and allow the bone to grow around the implanted root. Once the root secures its place, the dentist will then fit a crown to match the remaining teeth in your oral cavity.
On the other hand, dentures are removable teeth that can fit your oral cavity regardless of the bone mass. You can use dentures to replace a single tooth, but you can also find complete sets to replace a few missing teeth in your oral cavity.
What to Expect When Getting Dentures?
When the dentist recommends dentures for your oral cavity, they will start by studying your bite and the alignment of your jaws to ensure that you get dentures that allow optimal oral cavity function. The initial set of dentures is made in the lab and is sent to the dental clinic so the dentist can check the fit of the dentures in your oral cavity. If the alignment and length of the dentures work well in your oral cavity, a final set of dentures is then created which looks and feels like natural teeth and gums.
The Right Choice for You
Now that you know what dentures and dental implants are and what to expect when opting for each of the restoration procedures, you can choose for yourself. But apart from your preference, there is a lot more that you need to consider, including your overall health and self-esteem. Hence, it is best to consult our dentist before you decide for yourself.
At Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona, we will be happy to answer all of your questions and concerns about dental implants and dentures, which will help you make the right choice for yourself. Call us at (480) 504-0506 and schedule your appointment.