According to statistics submitted by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, about 69% of adults between 35 to 44 years old have lost at least 1 permanent tooth. Tooth loss may be due to an accident, tooth decay or gum disease. However, a missing tooth can now be replaced with a dental implant or a denture.
Both dentures and dental implants are a good replacement for a missing tooth. They provide dental aesthetics that can help boost your confidence to smile, speak and eat.
What is Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a permanent replacement for a missing tooth. It replaces the tooth root with a titanium post and the tooth with a tooth-like crown that will be attached to the titanium post.
What is a Denture?
A denture is a removable dental prosthesis that provides a replacement for a missing tooth or a series of teeth. The denture is supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the mouth.
Dental implants and dentures are different in many aspects. Here are some of the differences between implants and dentures:
Dental Implants function like real teeth since they are anchored onto the gums and underlying bone. Dentures, on the other hand, gives an artificial feel primarily because they are removable.
#2 Use of Adhesives
Dentures likely require creams and adhesives to hold it in place. Dental implants are installed onto the gums, thus, there is no need to use adhesives.
With the right provider, both implants and dentures can last a long time. However, dentures tend to need adjustments and realignments which eventually need to be replaced. Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime with proper care and cleaning.
#4 Care and Cleaning
Dental implants offer minimum maintenance, Regular brushing, flossing and dental visits are enough to keep them in top shape. Dentures need to be removed regularly and soaked in a cleaning solution for cleaning and maintenance.
Dentures are more affordable but may demand more maintenance. It needs a cleaning solution for soaking, adhesives to ensure a strong hold onto your gums, and adjustments for a better fit.
Dental implants are more expensive but can be considered a lifetime investment as they are more durable, effective and reliable, thus, they are more cost-efficient in the long run.
#6 Chewing and Speaking Ability
Dental implants provide optimum chewing and speaking ability since they are anchored onto your gums and jawbone. They provide no opportunity to slip or fall off.
Dentures, on the other hand, are removable and may only be secured by an adhesive. This prosthesis offers a limited ability to speak and chew food.
These are some of the differences between dentures and implants that may help you consider which dental restorative option is best for you. While both implants and dentures can help restore your missing teeth, it is best to know what works for your dental condition.
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