Dentures Vs Dental Implants
You can experience tooth loss as a result of some different situations – gum disease, facial/oral trauma, bruxism, and more. When you lose your teeth, your whole quality of life is affected. Seemingly simple tasks suddenly become more challenging. It is essential for your oral health, and your quality of life, to replace your missing teeth as soon as possible. At Oasis Dental, we offer several options for replacing your missing teeth, including dentures and implants.
What are Dentures?
Dentures have been used for hundreds of years to replace missing teeth. They have undergone many developments throughout the years, making them much more natural looking, and much more comfortable. They can be used to replace an entire arch (or both) of missing teeth or sections of missing teeth. Both types of dentures are fairly similar. They consist of acrylic resin teeth set into an acrylic, gum colored base. They are designed and created from impressions of your mouth (which are usually taken following any necessary tooth extractions). Dentures are supported by the gums and held in place by suction. Partial dentures also have metal clasps, which hook to your healthy teeth and provide your replacement teeth with more support.
Pros and Cons of Dentures
Dentures have several benefits:
Dentures also have several disadvantages as well, including:
What are Implants?
Implants are the latest option available for replacing missing teeth and can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. They require a surgical procedure, during which small titanium rods are inserted into your jawbone. These implants rely on a process known as osseointegration, or the fusion of your jawbone to the implants. When you have healed, the implants become the “roots” that support your replacement teeth. When you are missing an entire arch of teeth, your replacement teeth are typically supported by 6 to 8 implants.
Pros and Cons of Implants
There are several benefits to implants:
Implants also have a few drawbacks as well:
Replacing missing teeth is essential for giving you back your quality of life. For more information, and to find out which option is right for you, contact Oasis Dental today at (360) 836-1100!
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