If you have lost a tooth, had one pulled, or one became missing for some other reason, chances are you have discussed dental implants or dentures. If you are not in the dental field you may be wondering what the difference is between dental implants, dentures and even partials.
So what is the difference?
The short and easy answer is that dentures and partials are not permanently attached to your mouth. This has its pros and cons.
Should You Get Dentures?
Since dentures can be removed you can take them out at night and clean them regularly with denture cleaner. However, because they can be removed that also means they can come out when you don’t want them to. If you are not using proper denture adhesive your dentures can slip or fall out while speaking or eating. Also, if your dentures are not cleaned properly it can lead to issues over time including infection and tooth decay. So why would someone choose dentures? There are multiple reasons why, including the fact that they are less expensive and also if someone has a weak or unhealthy jaw they might not have the ability to use dentures or partials.
Should You Get A Dental Implant?
If you are only missing 1 tooth or even a couple of teeth you likely want to consider dental implants. If you are missing a lot of teeth this is still an option, as well. Dental implants are permanent and are increasing in popularity. The con to implants is that the upfront cost is more than dentures or partials but over time you will save money because you won’t have to invest in the denture cleaning products and adhesives. You will no longer have to worry about them falling out when talking or eating. You will not have to worry as much about the foods that you eat while they are in your mouth because they are very comparable to real teeth. After a while it will just feel like you have your tooth back and that it was never gone to begin with.
If you are considering both options and are not sure which is best for you, ask us for advice at your next appointment. We will go over all of your options and determine which will be the way to go to get your smile back to how it was or even better!
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