Dentures vs. Implants: How Are They Different?

Dentures and implants are two options to replace missing teeth. They’re both great for restoring a brilliant smile, but they approach the task differently.

With offices in Raeford, Vass, and Fayetteville, North Carolina, our Hometown Family Dental Centers team helps you choose which tooth replacement option is best for you. Whether you’re missing one or two teeth or an entire set of top or bottom teeth, both dentures and implants can restore your smile.

What are dentures?

Dentures are dental appliances that allow you to maintain the natural function and aesthetics of your teeth if one or more is missing. Your dentures are custom-made, and depending on your oral health and needs, you can get partial or full sets. 

Dentures — which have prosthetic teeth attached to an acrylic gum-like base — are often held in position with metal clasps, or they can be securely attached to implants for extra stability. They fit snugly inside your mouth with plenty of room for your tongue. 

The benefits of dentures

Dentures are a popular prosthetic tooth replacement option. Here are several reasons to consider them.

Protecting healthy teeth 

When you need partial dentures, which replace several missing teeth, it’s important that your remaining natural teeth stay in their proper position. If your teeth shift too much, they could create new pockets for bacteria to grow and you may find it challenging to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Dentures fill the gaps in your mouth so your teeth don’t try to move together or crowd and protect your smile.

Enhanced appearance

If missing teeth make you self-conscious about your smile, consider dentures. Not only can dentures improve your smile and boost your confidence, but they also prevent facial drooping that occurs when there are large gaps without teeth.

Adaptable

Dentures are custom-made for your mouth, ensuring a comfortable and sturdy fit. They also provide adaptability and can be adjusted as your mouth changes over time so you have a comfortable smile.

You can expect your dentures to last five to eight years with proper care. By treating them like your natural teeth, you can extend the life of your dentures with proper oral care and taking care of them like your natural teeth.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are sturdy prosthetic teeth that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. The biggest difference that sets implants apart from dentures is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that’s implanted into your jawbone.

Once your jawbone has had time to fuse with the new root, an abutment is placed on top of that titanium “root.” The abutment is the base that holds your new artificial tooth, or crown, or teeth in place. 

The root isn’t removable, and you won’t notice the difference between the implant and your natural teeth. With proper oral care, implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. 

The benefits of dental implants 

Implants fix more than your smile. If you’re considering implants, you’ll love these benefits. 

Improve oral health

The implant root stimulates your jawbone, preventing bone erosion and tooth movement. Without tooth replacement, your remaining teeth naturally attempt to fill in any gaps in your mouth, resulting in crooked teeth.

Misaligned teeth are harder to care for because flossing may not remove all the bacteria or food debris stuck in the pockets between them. Implants solve this problem by filling in gaps and keeping your natural teeth in place — you brush and floss them just like your natural teeth.

Long-lasting

One great advantage of implants is their durability. They’re firmly and permanently anchored into your mouth. Implant roots can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and regular checkups, and while the crowns are also made to last, you can get a replacement if needed.

Are you ready to choose?

Whether you’re missing one tooth, several teeth, or a whole set of teeth, implants and dentures are both fantastic ways to restore your smile and self-confidence. Chew, speak, and smile confidently again with the excellent tooth replacement options at Hometown Family Dental Centers.

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