When patients at our Erie, CO dental office need to replace one or more missing teeth, they have a few different options, including implants and dentures.
Making the right choice depends on a variety of factors, such as preference, price, and the current health of your remaining teeth and jawbone.
Implants and dentures each offer their own unique advantages, so it’s important you discuss which option makes the most sense for your oral health with our dentists at Impressions Dental.
For the most part, implants and dentures serve the same purpose. They:
- Enable patients to chew foods they may not otherwise be able to eat
- Support facial muscles that prevent patients’ faces from appearing sunken
- Improve speech and make it easier for patients to talk
- Help to boost self-esteem and reduce any feelings of embarrassment caused by missing teeth
While both dentures and implants will help to improve a patient’s smile, there are major differences between these two oral health treatment options. Let’s take a closer look at dental implants versus dentures.
For our patients to receive a dental implant at our Erie, CO dental office they need enough healthy jawbone remaining for our dentists to successfully place the base of an implant.
An implant is placed by first extracting a damaged root. Once the root of a dead tooth has been removed, a hole is drilled into the jawbone.
A metal base, called a post, is then planted deep into the bone. The top of the post will be fitted with a dental crown, but not until the bone has had the chance to bond with the implant, securing it into position.
This process can take a few months to complete, so it can take a while before an abutment, the piece that a crown will be fitted to, can be attached.
The final step is to have a crown – the artificial replacement tooth – attached to the abutment.
Unlike an implant, which is a permanent part of a patient’s smile, dentures are removable, prosthetic teeth that can be fitted into a patient’s mouth regardless of how much bone remains.
Dentures can completely replace all of a patient’s teeth on both the upper or lower jawbone or be made to just replace a few missing teeth. When dentures replace only a few teeth, they are known as partial dentures.
To fabricate a set of dentures, an impression of the upper and lower gums will need to be taken at our Erie, CO dental office.
Before the dentures are crafted, our dentists will also examine a patient’s bite and the alignment of their upper and lower jaws to make sure the length of the dentures will allow for comfortable eating and speaking.
A preliminary set of dentures are made at a lab and sent to our Erie, CO dental office. The dentures are then fitted to a patients’ mouth by our dentists so they can make any necessary adjustments.
Dentures are designed to look, feel, and function just like a patient’s natural teeth.
For patients to take care of their dental implants, they need to continue brushing and flossing. Quality oral hygiene requires brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily. To ensure the long-term health of their implant, patients also need to schedule regular exams and cleanings with our team at Impressions Dental.
For dentures to remain functioning properly, more daily maintenance is required when compared to implants. Patients shouldn’t wear their dentures overnight, and need to soak them in water or a special solution while asleep.
Patients also need to clean their dentures daily by removing them after eating and brushing them thoroughly.
Since a patient’s bite changes over time, dentures need to be refitted every so often. Dental implants, however, are a permanent fixture that may need to have a replacement crown fitted if the original crown becomes broken or cracked.
Selecting the Right One for You
Deciding whether dentures or dental implants is the right choice for your oral health isn’t easy. Age, current state of your oral health, and medical history can all impact whether dentures or implants make more sense.
At our Erie, CO dental office, our team at Impressions Dental will work with you to help determine the best treatment option for your long-term oral health. Just one consultation with our dentists will provide all the information needed to determine which course of treatment best matches your unique oral health needs.
Don’t let your oral health suffer. Contact our team at Impressions Dental and start the process towards enjoying a smile you can have confidence in showing.