If you are dealing with missing teeth, you have lots of great options to restore both the look and function of your smile.
To find out what might work best for you, you should see Dr. Anum Zaidi for a consultation. With just a short visit and thorough oral assessment, you can access the most optimal path toward a stunning and healthy smile.
But if you want to learn more about your options, keep reading to discover everything about two of the most popular types of tooth replacement procedures: dentures and dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth designed to function just like natural teeth. They are made up of 3 elements:
- Metal post
- Dental crown
Dental implants are permanent replacements. Once the metal post gets inserted into the jaw, the abutment and crown are added on top to complete the restoration. While the crown may suffer damage from wear and tear at some point, it can easily be replaced.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable dental prosthetics designed to replace multiple missing teeth as well as surrounding tissues.
With dentures, you can replace the part or even the entire arch with just 1 procedure. It’s commonly used in cases where patients have severe tooth loss, as well as issues with their jawbone.
What Are the Differences Between Them?
The major differences between dental implants and dentures are:
- Bone stimulation - Because dental implants are inserted into the jaw, every time you chew you apply pressure and stimulate the jawbone, which helps maintain healthy jawbone loss. Dentures, unfortunately, cannot do that;
- Fixed position - Dental implants stay fixed in their place, while dentures are removable, and may need more getting used to;
- Natural feel - Dentures have a bit of a learning curve in the beginning, as you’ll need to practice how to eat and speak with them. Dental implants by comparison have a much more natural feel;
- No dietary restrictions - With implants, you won’t have to worry about what you eat. Patients with dentures usually need to refrain from very hard and sticky foods.
So, Which One Is Better?
By comparison, dental implants are a much more effective tooth replacement option for the simple fact that they work as a natural tooth. This means the procedure doesn’t just work to improve the look of your smile but can help support your overall oral health.
However, the only way to know for sure if you should opt for dental implants, dentures, or other tooth replacements is to see Dr. Anum Zaidi for a consultation. During it, he will closely inspect your current oral help and help you choose the best possible path toward a healthy and beautiful smile!
To get started, book an appointment at Urban Dental Studio online and discover what you need to do to get the smile of your dreams!