A Guide to Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Posted by GULF COAST DENTAL May 22, 2023

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There are many misconceptions regarding dental implants and dentures. Many individuals believe dentures are a more cost-effective solution, but dental implants are usually able to last much longer.

Explain Dental Implants.

Dental implants are artificial teeth that are implanted in the jawbone with titanium screws to replace the missing tooth roots. They are strong, durable, and designed to last for many years while looking and feeling just like natural teeth.

They can be made to replace a single missing tooth, a row of missing teeth, or a whole mouth full of missing teeth. They can also be made to attach to the lower or upper arch of the jaw. Once in place, a special abutment is attached to the implant that serves as a connector for the dental crown. The crown is the visible portion of the implant that replaces your natural tooth and completes your smile.

Comparing Dental Implants With Dentures

Dental implants are a permanent replacement option for missing teeth, while removable partial and complete dentures are only meant to be used temporarily. However, there are some differences between the two that you should know about before you decide between implants and dentures.

When you choose to get dental implants, your dentist will surgically place small titanium screws in your jawbone to serve as tooth roots. These metal posts bond to your jawbone and become permanent fixtures in your mouth. The implant dentist then places an abutment on the screw, which is a piece of material that connects the base of the denture to the support structure underneath your gums. Finally, we attach a custom-fabricated restoration on top of the implant. This can be a crown, bridge, or full or partial set of dentures.

With partial or complete dentures, the process involves removing some teeth from the mouth and leaving a space. Then, the dentist will take measurements and custom-make your dentures to fit your mouth perfectly. Partial dentures are held in place with natural suction between the gums and the dentures. Complete dentures use natural suction as well, as well as a natural adhesive called paste, to affix them in place.

Both types of restorations offer their own benefits. They are mostly equal when it comes to cost, comfort, and ease of care. Because they are permanently affixed to your jawbone, dental implants will not slide around or fall out when eating or talking like dentures. On the other hand, dentures can be held in place very securely and are more comfortable than having nothing in your mouth at all. If you’re having trouble choosing between the two options, talk to your dentist about the benefits and drawbacks of each one. We’re happy to help you make the best choice for your dental health needs!

Visit Gulf Coast Dental at 1751 W 9 Mile Rd. Pensacola, FL 32534, or call (850) 944-5515 to learn more about oral health.

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