The Differences Between Dentures & Dental Implants
As people age, they experience tooth loss for various reasons, whether it be due to decay, gum disease, or other factors. Regardless of how one ends up losing their teeth, it can be embarrassing to deal with and can lead to one’s self-esteem being impacted significantly. Fortunately, if you are experiencing tooth loss, there are many options available to help you smile again, with two of them being dentures and dental implants. But, how do you know which option is best suited to your needs and budget?
What You Need to Know About Dental Implants
Whether you need one, multiple, or all your teeth replaced, dental implants offer the perfect solution. Helping to retain your natural face shape, dental implants are made to look completely natural and fit in perfectly with your remaining teeth.
The latest technology available is used to ensure exceptional results that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.
The process of getting dental implants involves the following steps:
- Cleaning the gum socket where the tooth roots used to be.
- Insertion of a titanium screw into the jaw bone.
- Fitting a porcelain crown onto the screw.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
Some of the advantages of getting dental implants include the facts that they:
- Are more secure than dentures
- Can withstand more pressure
- Are built to last longer
- Are easy to care for
- Support your jaw while also preventing bone loss and hollowed cheeks
What You Need to Know About Dentures
Often associated with people over a certain age, anyone who’s lost numerous teeth, or had them removed can have dentures fitted – regardless of their age. As opposed to dental implants, dentures are removable and are held in place in your mouth using adhesive pastes. Without this paste, the dentures may slip out of place while you’re speaking or eating.
Another important detail to note about dentures is that while they are often more cost-effective than dental implants, you will most likely need to have them replaced periodically to ensure the best fit.
Getting dentures involves the following process:
- Gum and bone structure evaluation to identify a treatment plan. And if necessary, surgery is performed to remove remaining teeth and to correct ridges that may destabilise the dentures.
- An impression is taken of your gums to ensure the best possible fit.
- If teeth have been removed, you’ll be fitted with an immediate and temporary set of dentures to help with healing.
- Once your gums are all healed up, complete dentures will be made. However, the size of your gums will change as they heal and adapt further, meaning that new dentures will need to be made after about a year.
The Advantages of Dentures
The advantages of having dentures fitted are that they:
- Are more cost-effective than dental implants
- Offer more immediate results than dental implants
Come Visit Us
At TLC Dental, we offer a complete range of dental services including the fitting of dentures and insertion of dental implants. We have clinics across Western Australia, including Bluegum, Chisham Avenue, Mandurah North, Meadow Springs, and Winthrop.
So, if you’re considering getting dental implants or dentures to improve your smile and help you regain your confidence, contact TLC Dental today. We’ll happily answer all your questions and help you make the best decision.