Dentures and dental implants are two of the most popular choices to replace missing teeth. But how do you know which is the right choice for you? Dr. Jose Gil of Hamilton Dental Designs discusses both options and why he recommends dental implants in Allentown, PA.
Dentures are made up of a resin and metal base with plastic or dental enamel for the teeth. They’re typically used when you have an entire arch of missing teeth. The biggest benefits of dentures are that they’re cheaper outright and you can get a denture restoration sooner than you can get dental implants. However, there are many downsides to dentures.
First, they’re cheaper outright, but you’ll have to pay more down the line. While dentures replace your teeth, they can’t stop the deterioration of your jawbone. As this continues to deteriorate, the fit of your dentures will change. They can slip and irritate the gums and soft tissue in your mouth. You’ll need to get them refitted or replaced to keep the fit where it needs to be.
Also, dentures require adhesive to stay in the mouth. They’re bulky and awkward. Patients usually have a learning curve to start using them properly. You only get 30-40% of your bite function back with dentures as well. This means that certain foods will have to be eliminated from your diet so they don’t damage your restoration. They need to be taken out at night to be properly cleaned as well.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are made up of three parts. First, the titanium post is the part that’s actually placed in the jawbone. Then, an abutment is put on top of this to connect the post to the final restoration. The final restoration is usually a dental crown. However, dental implants are also able to support a dental bridge or a secured denture.
Implants are the only option for missing teeth that replaces the tooth root. It stops jawbone deterioration and helps to spur regrowth as the implant post has to fuse with the jawbone for stability. Replacing the tooth root also makes them more stable than other options. You get 100% of your bite function back and you don’t have to worry about them slipping. You can enjoy your full diet as well.
The downsides of dental implants are the cost and time that it takes to get your restoration. They’re more money upfront, but you don’t have to worry about additional costs down the road. As long as you follow a standard oral healthcare routine, they’re set for years to come. They take longer due to the surgical element of them being placed in the jaw. Making sure this surgery heals properly is crucial because it’s what provides stability.
Especially with a dental crown, implants both look and feel as natural as a replacement tooth can. There’s no learning curve when you get dental implants. The crown will be color-matched and blend in with your smile. No one will be able to tell that it’s a replacement tooth when you smile.
Getting Dental Implants in Allentown, Pennsylvania
Do you think dental implants are the right choice to replace your missing teeth? Call us or schedule an appointment online.