Both dentures and dental implants replace missing teeth and restore oral function.
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you may be wondering what your options are. Fortunately, some treatments can help to effectively restore oral function and improve the appearance of your smile. The treatment you choose will depend on a number of factors, including your personal preference, overall oral health, and budget. Dentures and dental implants each have their own set of benefits — read on to find out more about both treatments, and which one suits you best…
What do the treatments involve?
Dental implants are tiny biocompatible titanium screws that are placed directly into the jawbone. During a process known as osseointegration, the implant will fuse with the jawbone, providing a strong and stable root alternative. A crown or bridge can then be placed over the implant. Dental implants are not removable, and look and feel just like natural teeth.
Dentures are removable devices that are used to replace missing teeth. The first step in the process is to take an impression of the gums to make comfortable, well-fitting dentures. Your dentist will also examine your bite and your jaws’ alignment to ensure that your dentures will improve your chewing and speech. When your dentures have been fabricated, they will be placed in your mouth, and any adjustments will be made.
How do you care for dentures and implants?
If you choose to have a dental implant placed, you will need to stick to your normal oral hygiene habits. This means brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. We also recommend that you see your dentist for regular dental check-ups and cleans to help maintain optimal oral health in the long term.
If you have dentures, you will need to ensure that you take good care of them daily. You must remove your dentures when you go to bed at night — soak them in water or a denture cleaning solution overnight to keep them moist. You should also clean your dentures every day. Remove them after eating and brush them gently to get rid of any plaque and leftover food particles.
Which one is right for you?
There are several factors which will determine which treatment is right for you. Implants require adequate jawbone to provide proper support, so if you have experienced bone loss as a result of gum disease, tooth loss, injury or ageing, the treatment may not be suitable for you. Your dentist will let you know if you have enough jawbone to support an implant, or if a bone grafting procedure is appropriate for you. Other factors to consider when choosing between treatments include your budget (dental implants generally cost more than dentures); your willingness and ability to care for dentures; and your personal preference when it comes to aesthetics and comfort.
How can we help?
At Elite Dental of Staten Island, we offer both dentures and dental implants. If you are considering either of these treatments, we recommend that you come in for a consultation to discuss your specific needs with your dentist. For a full list of the services that we offer, please have a look here.
To make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.