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Making the Decision between Dental Implants and Dentures

April 28, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Evan Chiang & Dr. Yogesh Goel
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If you are missing teeth, you might have already conducted research. You may have discovered that dentures are the most common way for people to replace missing teeth, especially if they are entirely edentulous (missing all their teeth). If the idea of dentures is not appealing, you might also be considering dental implants.

Before you make a final decision, it’s a good idea to talk to your Woodinville, WA dentist about dental implants versus dentures, to find out which might be best for you.

Stability

There is no question that dental implants offer more stability than dentures. Because dental implants are permanent, integrating with your jawbone, they do not move.

Comfort

Dental implants require little to no lead time for patients to become accustomed to eating and speaking with them. There is a learning curve with dentures in the first few months, and eating and speaking can initially be somewhat tricky.

Dental implants do not need to be adjusted the way dentures to because the jawbone stays the same. The bone continues to be stimulated by the implants because they fuse directly to the jawbone. Over time, without the stimulation of a tooth root or dental implant, the jawbone will begin to shrink. This means dentures will need to be adjusted periodically over time.

Function

With dental implants, there are no food restrictions. You can eat all of your favorite foods, including juicy steaks and crunchy vegetables. You can laugh and speak normally without worrying about the implants shifting.

With dentures, you will find it difficult to eat some foods. Some patients also complain of their dentures moving or making a clicking sound when they speak.

Care

Caring for your dental implants is easy. You can brush and floss as you normally would. Dentures will need to be removed on a regular basis for cleaning.

Cost

Although your initial investment may be higher with dental implants, they can last a lifetime with proper care, and they need no periodic adjustments. With dentures, your gums will change over the years, so you will need to pay for adjustments regularly.

Dental implants are considered to be the gold standard for tooth replacement. Find out more about dental implants from your Woodinville, WA dentist Woodin Creek Dental.

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