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How to choose between dentures or implants?

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Dentures and dental implants are two choices for replacing one or more lost teeth. The health of your jawbone and remaining teeth play an essential role in deciding which solution is best for you. There are pros and cons to both dentures and implants, so talk to your dentist about all of your alternatives. In addition to dentures and dental implants, there are additional options, such as dental bridges, to consider.

Both dentures and implants have the same end goal in mind. They:

·       Help to chew the food that you would generally be unable to eat

·       Support facial muscles

·       Giving you a pleasant smile

·       It can help you improve your speech, boost your confidence, and lessen your sense of self-consciousness

But there are significant differences between the two solutions. Consider the following advantages and disadvantages of each strategy before making a final choice.

What are implants?

Implant-supported crowns require sufficient natural bone to anchor the screw-like implants. According to a 2018 survey, they have been increasingly popular recently, particularly among adults ages 55 to 64.

The damaged root of a tooth is first removed before a dental implant may be placed. A hole is drilled into the jawbone after the root has been removed or if the root had been removed earlier.

Deep in the bone, a metal root called a post is implanted. A crown will be affixed to the top of the post, but only when the bone around the post has begun to develop around it, locking it in place.

When the post is ready to receive an abutment, the portion to which the crown will be attached, it may take a few months before it can be attached. When the post is implanted, the abutment may be inserted as well. Afterwards, a crown is affixed to the abutment, a synthetic tooth that matches the surrounding teeth.

What are dentures?

Dentures are prosthetic, removable teeth. It doesn’t matter how little bone is in your mouth; dentures can be made to fit your mouth. All teeth on the upper or lower jaws can be replaced with dentures; lost teeth can also be replaced with partial dentures. Partial dentures are what they’re called.

To begin the process of making dentures, an impression of the upper or lower gums, or both, is taken. To ensure that the dentures are long enough to allow you to eat and speak correctly, your dentist will examine your bite and the alignment of your upper and lower jaws.

Dentures are then made in a lab and shipped to your dentist, who will make a final set. Before the final dentures are constructed, the dentures are put in your mouth, and any necessary alterations are made to the alignment or length of the teeth. To hold dentures in place, they are attached to your gums with an adhesive that mimics the look and feel of natural teeth.

Cost & maintenance of dentures versus implants

In comparison to dentures and other procedures, such as bridges, dental implants are more expensive. The American Dental Association (ADA) estimates that an implant can cost $1,600 to $2,200 per tooth, although prices vary depending on the dentist’s location and other considerations. The ADA estimates that a full set of top dentures costs on average $1,600, while a full pair of lower dentures costs the same.

When it comes to caring for dental implants, it’s much like taking care of your natural teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss at least twice daily, and see your dentist regularly. They will require daily care to keep dentures in place for a longer time. For example, please do not wear them to bed at night. They should be soaking in water or a unique cleaning solution during this time.

After eating, take out the dentures and brush them. This should be done daily. It’s also a good idea to brush away any remaining adhesive from your gums. Dentures must be re-fitted periodically due to wear and tear and changes in your bite. On the other hand, permanent dental implants may require replacement crowns if the original crowns are damaged or worn.

Verdict

Dentures and implants are viable options for replacing missing teeth, but you should check with your dentist before deciding. Implants are more expensive, but they can last up to two decades longer than dentures, which may need to be adjusted or replaced over time.

You should be able to make an informed decision about replacing your missing teeth if you carefully examine your options and consider your priorities and the goals you have for the prostheses.

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