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Dental Implants: a More Comfortable Option than Dentures

Whether you recently experienced tooth loss or have an upcoming tooth extraction scheduled, you might be nervous about choosing the best replacement option. Nobody wants to be left without the ability to chew, smile, or speak for an extended period of time. While there are many possibilities, dentures and dental implants remain two of the most common choices for patients who are eager to restore their bite.

The truth is both dental implants and dentures have been used for thousands of years and can be viable choices for tooth loss. However, if you want to fully restore your bite, dental implants are the best option. Implants are the closest thing we have to recreating actual teeth, and they allow you to forget that tooth loss ever happened in the first place.

Dental Implants Vs. Dentures: Which Are Right For You?

In many cases, deciding between implants and dentures ultimately comes down to your health and personal choice. However, generally speaking — dental implants are the ideal option for most patients. Here is a quick comparison of both options:

  • Comfort – Implants are designed to feel exactly like real teeth. Once fully healed, you won’t even notice they’re there. On the other hand, dentures can be comfortable, but they can also feel a bit awkward or uncomfortable, especially as your mouth adjusts. Dentures don’t always fit, which can cause them to rub against the gums and create sore spots. When they’re properly fitted, dentures can be very effective; however, unlike dental implants, you’ll never truly be able to forget they are there.
  • Oral Health – Dental implants are far better for your oral health because they help you maintain the structure of your face and jawbone following tooth loss. Your jaw relies on regular stimulation provided by your teeth. Because implants connect directly to the jawbone, they can simulate that stimulation and prevent atrophy. However, dentures don’t connect to the jaw. Long-term denture use can cause changes in your facial structure and jawbone deterioration.
  • Durability And Maintenance – Dental implants are permanent and durable. Beyond your normal oral health routine, they require little to no maintenance, and when properly cared for, they can easily last a lifetime. Dentures require nightly removal and extensive cleaning routines. While they will last for several years, they aren’t permanent.
  • Functionality  – No foods are off-limits with dental implants, but you do need to avoid hard or sticky foods with dentures. They also require you to adjust your bite and can take some time to get used to. With implants, you can expect a fully restored bite shortly after they heal.
  • Appearance – A gap in your teeth can make you feel self-conscious. While both dentures and implants fill the gap, dentures don’t always match the color or shape of your teeth. Dental implants are designed to look exactly like real teeth, so you can truly get your smile back.

Dental Implants Vs Dentures: What To Know About The Process

Both implants and dentures are a commitment and an investment.

While implants are highly regarded as the best option for missing teeth, it’s important to understand that the procedure is not a quick one. With the exception of teeth-in-one-day services, most implants require a time commitment, but they’re well worth the investment. Appointments are spread out over weeks or months to ensure the jaw and gums have time to heal in between. However, the process is nothing to worry about — your periodontist will offer a number of pain management solutions to help ensure you’re comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

On the other hand, dentures also require a series of appointments and a time commitment. Your dentist will need to take impressions of your jaw, determine the relationship between the upper and lower jaw, test-fit wax trial dentures, complete any alterations, and perform a final fitting.

Am I Eligible For Dental Implants?

When determining if you’re eligible for implants, the most important factor is oral health. If you have a weak or deteriorating jawbone, severe gum disease, or other conditions, your jaw and gums might not be strong enough to support implants. However, there are still options for you. Your periodontist can perform a bone graft to strengthen the jaw or offer periodontal treatment to help resolve the gum disease prior to setting the implants. Some medications and health conditions may disqualify you or increase the risk of complications, so it is important to share your full health history with your periodontist.

If you’re ready for the most comfortable, functional, and best-looking option for tooth loss, dental implants are most likely the right choice for you. Choose Ormond Beach Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Our award-winning practice will prioritize your comfort and oral health above all else.

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