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Should I get Dentures or Dental Implants?

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It’s not uncommon to lose a tooth. In fact, a large majority of adults have at least one missing tooth. Whether it’s from gum disease, a fracture, decay, or an accident, it’s important to remember that you aren’t without options — there’s no reason you should be walking around with missing teeth.

But for some people, the presence of options can make things even more difficult. The two most popular options for replacing missing teeth are dentures and dental implants.

To learn more about dentures, read out most recent post about them: the Many Kinds of Dentures

For more on implants, check out Cosmetic Dentistry Options Available to You

Even still, you might wonder — “Which one is right for me? Dentures or implants?” Hopefully we can help.

If you’re short on time, we’ll make it simple: dentures are false teeth, and they’re not perfect for everyone. They can fall out of place, and can sometimes cause infection in other healthy teeth if they aren’t fitted or cared for properly. However, if your jaw or gums have been exposed to as much damage as your teeth — they might be the most successful (and cost effective) option.

On the other hand, when you’re missing teeth but the underlying structures (your jaw and gums) are healthy, an implant is often preferred. Implants are surgically implanted into your jawbone, which is — naturally — why they’re called implants. Unlike dentures, they stay in your mouth permanently and can last a very long time. In fact, with proper care and good oral hygiene, your dental implants could last longer than 20 years before you need a replacement.

When Most Patients Choose Implants vs. Dentures

Many patients choose implants over dentures when only one or a few teeth are missing. But they can be used if you need to replace several teeth. For example, in the case of a full mouth reconstruction, two or more implants are often used to provide support for any number of fresh new replacement teeth. (To learn more about full mouth reconstruction, read out post “Full Mouth Reconstruction? What on Earth is that?!”

Make the Right Decision: Talk to Your Dentist

 

Do you have questions about your teeth? The best answer you’ll get will only come from a dentist that’s seen your teeth. If you’re located in the Garden Grove or Fountain Valley area, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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