Trying to Decide Between Implants and Dentures?
Dental implants and dentures are popular treatment options for patients looking to replace missing teeth or improve the appearance of their smile. Each treatment has benefits and drawbacks. Dr. Hudson offers both implants and dental prosthetic options for patients looking to restore their smiles.
How Do They Look? Dental implants are made of high-quality ceramic, so they look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. They are also matched to your other teeth so they blend and lend to a natural look. Dentures are made of metal, acrylic, plastic and porcelain and are also matched to your other teeth so your smile is natural.
Natural Feeling. Some patients report that dental implants feel more natural because of their permanence. Dentures may feel unnatural to patients at first, and some patients report clicking noises when chewing with dentures.
Better Oral Health. Since implants are just like natural teeth, they are also cared for just like natural teeth. Brush and floss like you normally would, to keep bacteria and dental plaque at bay. Dentures and other prosthetic dental treatments are not permanent fixtures in your mouth, which means food debris and bacteria can make their way underneath, causing tooth decay and periodontal disease. It is important to remember that with either treatment, you need to practice good oral hygiene to minimize damage and gum disease.
Permanence. Implants do not move or slide around and do not require special adhesives to keep them in place. Dental implants are designed to grow into your bone to become a permanent part of your mouth. When dental implants are properly maintained, they will last the rest of your life.
Although dentures are removable, if you take good care of them, they will last for years - but they are subject to wear and tear. They will also have to be refitted later in life as you age. Denture maintenance includes brushing them like regular teeth and also soaking them in special cleansers to kill bacteria and keep them fresh.
Speech Benefits. If dentures are not properly fitted, they can slip. This leads to problems with your speech. Many patients with dentures and bridges develop speech impediments such as slurring or lisping. Dental implants may also impact your speech after placement as you heal and get used to your new tooth.
Do you have questions about dental implants or dentures? Give Dr. Hudson today at 888-724-7986.