Losing a tooth or more can be stressful and uncomfortable, both because of the esthetic element and the loss of function of that tooth. Tooth loss can happen as we age, or because of injuries, decay, and untreated damage. Luckily, there are still options for patients with missing teeth, the most common ones being dentures and dental implants.
Let’s see what are the differences between the two, and how we can help you decide what treatment to choose.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial appliances for your mouth, designed to replace missing teeth. A patient can get complete dentures or partial dentures, depending on the state of the existing teeth. Dentures are removable and include an acrylic base that is colored like the gums in order to support the artificial crowns, and are designed to be more comfortable for the patient.
Complete dentures rest directly on the gums and are designed to fit the mouth. Partial dentures are attached using anchors that are fixed onto the neighboring natural teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial posts that are inserted into the patient’s jaw bone, fusing with the surrounding tissue. Once the implant post is firmly attached to the bone, a small connector called an abutment is placed into the post. Its role is to support an artificial crown that will look and function just like a natural tooth.
Implants are the closest option to a natural tooth and will last a lifetime with the normal care you provide for your natural teeth.
Which One Is Better for You?
The treatment that suits your situation best will depend on a series of factors, and in most cases, your doctor will be the one who determines if implants are possible or if dentures are a better solution.
The main differences are:
- Dentures are significantly more affordable than implants
- Dentures don’t require surgery
- Dentures need to be replaced frequently, implants last for a lifetime
- Dentures will most often be covered by insurance, whilst implants are often considered a cosmetic procedure
- Implants last for a lifetime and perfectly fit with the rest of your mouth
- Implants stimulate bone health and will eliminate the appearance caused by receding bone tissue
Book an Appointment Now
Do you have a missing tooth or more? Book an appointment at Smillie Dental with Dr. Joseph Smillie or Dr. Helen Smillie. They have the expertise, experience, technology, and team to assess your case and come up with the best treatment plan. Whether you will get dentures or a dental implant, your treatment will restore your appearance and the function of your missing tooth.
Contact us for more information and for scheduling a preliminary consultation with our team. We will examine your case and make recommendations based on your specific needs. That way, you can ensure you will get the best dental care in Port Orange.