Dentures, often referred to as false teeth, bear little resemblance to the kind your grandparents wore. The struggles they had with ill-fitting false teeth caused so much hassle that they hardly seemed worth it. Today, with the extensive training and experience you receive from your dentist at CitiDental, you have so many better options. And while dentures have come a long way, they still pose challenges. Meanwhile, dental implants provide exceptional freedom. No matter what you choose, your Queens dentist makes sure your satisfaction and health always come first. Come see our dentistry center and meet the best rated implant dentists and hygienists.
Missing teeth can affect you physically and psychologically. You may stop laughing or smiling as your confidence fades. Perhaps you begin dreading social gatherings or seeking new employment because of your poor self-image. Meanwhile, you lose bone as your remaining teeth shift and your face takes on a new shape. When you’re considering dentures vs. implants, understand that both help you get back your confidence, though each brings its own challenges.
Your CitiDental family dentistry team is also a cosmetic and restorative dentistry experts, competent in what’s vital to maintain your dental health. Your dentist also knows your medical history, which helps to rule out potential complications of dentures vs. implants. Your insurance and budget also play roles in your final decision. Your Queens dentist is committed to the best in affordable dentistry, with plans to assist you when necessary.
Inherent Issues with Dentures
Traditional dentures cost less, but come with challenges. First of all, they take a while to get used to. You can develop gum irritation too, as they just sit on your gums and bones with little support. If you go this way, you can be assured that your CitiDental team strives to make the necessary adjustments so you get the best fit possible.
Eating your favorite food may be difficult because dentures tend to move around as you bite and chew. You also may fear having them fall out of your mouth at inopportune times. While your parents or grandparents may have had limited options, you have choices when it comes to choosing implants vs. dentures to replace missing teeth.
Implants Provide Exceptional Options
You have complete control once you get implants. Freely bite into raw vegetables and fruit; chew your food properly to prevent digestion issues. Expect improved speech since you won’t have any odd lisps or whistling sounds when you talk.
Implant posts are made of titanium that stimulate bone growth and preserve your jaw structure. The state-of-the-art implant technology used at CitiDental means you often can get replacement teeth and implants the same day. Or you can opt for mini implants if you don’t have sufficient bone mass to support regular implants. All on 4 implants may be a great alternative, too. Ultimately, your dentist can tell you whether implants vs. dentures are best suited for your needs.
Dental Implants Process
Dental implants usually involve at least two separate surgeries. The first is required to implant the titanium screws, and the second one is done to set up the abutment teeth.
Recovery from implant surgery can take up to six months while the bond with the surrounding gum and bone tissue takes place. You’re given temporary dentures while you heal. The screws must be firmly in place before the implant dentures are attached. When you have multiple missing teeth, it takes two to four implants to form the base for the implant dentures, depending on the strength and health of your remaining teeth.
Denture Attachment Options
Dentures that fit on implants look like natural teeth. They have pink acrylic gums and white acrylic or porcelain teeth. Of the three methods for attaching dentures to implants, your dentist recommends the most appropriate for you. Options include:
- Fixed, which is made of one piece that attaches to the implants with screws.
- Bar-retained that has a curving metal bar fitted around your jaw on which attachment clips are used to attach your dentures to the implant posts.
- Ball-retained dentures, which mimic press-on buttons with attachments on the dentures and implants that lock both pieces together.
Caring and Cleaning
Most people believe that dental implants are worth the investment. Implants with dentures are permanent and can last up to 40 years if you take care of them properly. An exceptional dental hygiene routine that includes regular visits to your Queens dentist, prevents problems from arising. According to the American Dental Association, you should:
- Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. It stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
- Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the false teeth from staining.
- Rinse your dentures before brushing to remove any loose food or debris.
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser to gently brush all the surfaces of the dentures so they don’t get scratched.
- Clean your mouth thoroughly — including your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth and tongue to remove any plaque. This can help reduce the risk of oral irritation and bad breath.