If you want a prosthetic that is entirely secure, visit an implant dentist. Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth since we surgically implant them to the jawbone to prevent them from falling out. Other solutions address tooth loss from outside the gums. If you are currently wearing dentures and are concerned that they may fall out while eating or speaking or simply become loose, now is a good time to call our office at (512) 392-6739 and schedule a consultation to discuss implant surgery.
As an implant dentist, we are asked many questions about dentures vs. implants. With that in mind, here are a few frequently asked questions and our answers to them.
Denture vs Implant FAQ’s
Are dental implants really a permanent solution?
Yes, they are. We surgically implant a titanium post and secure it to the jawbone. We secure the new tooth (crown) to this post. As a result, the patient will never need to worry about the new tooth or teeth coming loose or falling out.
How do you care for dentures or implants?
Dentures need to be taken out on a nightly basis to be brushed clean and soaked overnight. On the other hand, dental implants behave like natural teeth. All a patient needs to do is brush and floss his or her teeth like normal and receive bi-annual dental cleanings. The bi-annual dental cleanings help keep the implants and natural teeth in good condition.
What impact will dentures and implants make on my appearance?
As an implant dentist, we can maintain a patient’s natural appearance using dental implants. A dental implant will blend in with the surrounding teeth because the crown will be made using an impression of the patient’s mouth, measurements and a shade card. As a result, it is difficult to tell the difference between an implant and the natural teeth. Dentures look more natural than they used to, but since dentures typically come in a set, rather than being replaced individually, they do not look as natural. However, in both cases, we will ensure the dental prosthetic makes a positive impact on the patient’s appearance.
What is the best procedure for my long-term health?
While both implants and dentures can replace teeth and give patients the ability to eat and speak naturally, the best solution for oral health is to place dental implants. An implant is the best solution for long-term health because the body responds to titanium as with natural matter. The body’s response leads to the process of osseointegration, where the implant and jawbone fuse together to provide a new synthetic root system. The new root system is also beneficial for the jawbone because it needs stimulation and an implant does exactly that. As a result, patients will experience limited resorption, meaning the jawbone will remain intact without losing bone density from the original tooth loss.
When you visit our San Marcos office, we will explain the many benefits of dental implants. However, for your long-term health, this is truly the only solution you should consider. As an implant dentist, we use implants as a way to provide stability for a new tooth, but also as a way to stimulate, preserve, and strengthen the jawbone. Without an implant there to do so, your jaw could suffer from demineralization and your appearance could be negatively altered.
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