Dental Implants vs Dentures

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When individuals have damaged or missing teeth, dental implants can be an effective treatment option to replace them. Implants can replace single or multiple missing teeth.  A few benefits are the promotion of healthy bone density, the low-maintenance, permanent solution for missing teeth, and the natural-looking and attractive nature of implants. 

What are Dentures?

They are artificial teeth that have been affixed to a frame.  They fit directly over the location of missing teeth.  Some patients choose to wear them, but can be disappointed to find out that they may not fit well in years to come, and that they can create embarrassing clicking noises when chewing food or talking.  

Implants provide many patients who initially wear removable dentures better quality of life.  Dietary restrictions are not nearly as abundant as they are with dentures.  In fact, patients with implants can bite into whole apples without the worry of artificial teeth falling out.  Listed below are a few of the benefits to dental implants versus dentures.

Dental Implants  vs. Dentures
Titanium made.  Because titanium is compatible with the human body, it naturally fuses with bone tissue in the jaw.

  Incompatible.  The materials used to make dentures are commonly plastic, acrylic, and cast metal, which are generally not compatible with natural human body tissues, and can cause gum irritation.

Strong.  The titanium base of an implant is similar in form and function to the root of a tooth.  Because of this, implants can be installed snuggly.
  Weak fixture.  When patients insert dentures into the mouth, they often use denture cream to create a more stable seal. Unfortunately, however, removable dentures are made to be inserted and taken out of the mouth routinely.  It may be no surprise to realize that it is difficult to install them and keep them in place. 

Replace one or more teeth.  Implants can replace as few as one missing tooth. 

  Replace many teeth.  Replacing a single tooth cannot be done with dentures.  They are an option only if a patient is missing many teeth.

Success.  When cared for properly, implants never need replacement. Maintaining good oral hygiene remains important to successful treatment.

  Replacements necessary.  As the jaw bone deteriorates, dentures may need to be replaced. 

Jaw bone preservation.  Missing teeth can cause the jaw bone to erode over time. Implants create stimulation that mimics natural teeth.  This stimulation is imperative to maintain good bone health and to prevent bone loss.

  Bone loss contribution.  The jaw bone doesn’t get stimulated when dentures are used to replace missing teeth.  Bone loss occurs because dentures simply sit on top of gums. 

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