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Dental Implants vs Dentures
When we have one or more missing teeth, it is natural to seek restorative options. While there are different options such as dental implants, dentures, and other great ones, choosing the right option relies on many factors. Dental implants and dentures are very effective options for missing teeth replacements, but understanding which one is right for you, and how they may benefit you, is important for your decision. At Medhat Dental Excellence, our professionals help to restore the confident smile of our patients with dental implants and dentures.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a prosthetic device that is used to replace a missing tooth. It is a little titanium post or rod our professionals put into the jaw surgically. The jawbone grows around the implant, bonding with it and holding it into place. This is also the healing process. Once the jawbone is completely healed, a permanent artificial crown is screwed onto the implant to simulate a complete operative tooth.
The process for getting a dental implant may stretch over a number of months, but the benefits it brings outweighs the procedure. Once placed, a dental implant looks and functions like a real tooth, and you may even forget that it is an artificial tooth. Dental implants are perfect for patients who require a permanent tooth replacement. Patients who are missing just one tooth can get a single tooth implant, while those who have many missing teeth can get multiple tooth implants. Dental implants also provide versatility as they form the base posts for All-on-4® Treatment Concept dental restorations.
What Are Dentures?
If you need a teeth replacement option that you can easily remove, dentures are suitable for you. Dentures are removable prosthetic solutions for multiple teeth replacement. They are usually a set of replacement teeth placed on an acrylic base that resembles the gums. All of these are supported by an extremely light metal framework.
Dentures could be either partial or complete. Partial dentures are for patients who still have some healthy natural teeth remaining. These dentures are designed to replace the missing teeth while being attached to the natural teeth to stay in place. Complete dentures are for patients who need to replace an entire row of teeth, either the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. They are fitted to snap into place on the gums.
Choosing Between Dental Implants and Dentures
While our professionals will have to assess your missing tooth and oral health to make the most suitable decision, other factors may influence your final option. To receive dental implants, patients must be in good general health and also have the required jawbone density. Patients with lacking jawbone mass cannot receive dental implants, and may require a bone graft if they want a dental implant.
Dentures are relatively quick to get and less expensive when compared to dental implants, but they do not offer the longevity that dental implants provide. Also, unlike dental implants, complete dentures will require that your remaining natural teeth are removed before dentures are placed. The best approach is to seek our professional advice before deciding which option is best suited for replacing your missing teeth. So, do not hesitate to reach out to our professionals at Medhat Dental Excellence today, by calling us at (773) 774-4611 to learn more about your desired restoration.