Here’s a shocking statistic, more than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth. But perhaps, it will help you realize you are not alone.
While missing teeth is embarrassing, they affect more than just the aesthetics of your smile. They can also impact your overall health. For example, when teeth fall out, your gums are exposed, increasing exposure to bacteria. In addition, your food options are highly impacting nutritional balances.
Fortunately, there are several dental options available, including dental implants and dentures, to help restore them. Both these options come with their own set of pros and cons, and there are a lot of factors you need to consider before choosing between the two.
What Are Dentures?
Often referred to as “false teeth,” dentures are custom-made, removable teeth replacements that are usually made with an acrylic base and resin or porcelain material.
Dentures can be full or partial, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced. A full denture will replace all the teeth on the upper, lower, or both jaws. On the other hand, as the name suggests, a partial denture will replace only a few teeth.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root made of titanium, which allows it to attach to your bone and provide support for a single tooth crown, bridge or complete dentures. Dental Implants also look and function like natural teeth. You can continue eating your favorite foods without any worry of your dental implants failing and speak with others without fear of your dental implants slipping.
It is important to take care of your dental implants just like you would your natural teeth. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the longevity of your new dental implants.
Pros & Cons of Dentures and Dental Implants
The major difference between dentures and dental implants is that you can take out your dentures whenever necessary. However, removability can create issues. Dentures grow loose over time making embarrassing clicking noises. To make a secure fit, the shape of dentures cover your palate, affecting taste when eating. Lastly, taking dentures in and out often creates tenderness in the mouth. The permanent nature of dental implants removes all of these concerns.
Dental implant care is quite easy and similar to regular dental hygiene. It involves brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Dentures need to be removed and cleaned every day to ensure they last as long as possible. You should soak your dentures in water or a cleaning solution overnight.
As the structure of your jaw and gums can change with age, your dentures may need to be refitted every few years to align with your bite. Dental implants are a permanent solution that last a lifetime.
Go to a Pro for Real Smile Solutions
If you’re looking for reliable teeth replacement solutions in Binghamton, Vestal, Johnson City, and surrounding areas, the prosthodontists at Dental Solutions of Binghamton are ready to help. Prosthodontists are the most highly trained restorative dentists in the country. They use of state-of-the-art technology and procedures for complex oral health issues. Call for your consultation for dentures or dental implants with Dr. Sambursky or Dr. Zietsman today, 607.798.0789.