Dental implants can make a smile look fabulous – I know I have them. However, if you are just thinking about getting them, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how smoking affects implants, whether or not wine will stain them, if they can be whitened or other concerns. I also know from experience that it can be intimidating to ask some of these questions to your dentist. In my dental implant blog, I am going to answer the questions that can be hard to ask. I hope you find the info you need in this blog and that it guides you to the right decision about dental implants. Thanks for reading!
When you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, there are always ways of having them replaced. Two of the major tooth replacement options are dentures and dental implants. Dentures are simply artificial teeth that can be removed as well as replaced easily. On the other hand, while dental implants are artificial, they are permanent teeth replacement options and cannot be removed. Before picking one of these options, it is important to understand a few things about them, especially in terms of their advantages or disadvantages over each other.
Since there is no need for extensive dental fitting procedures with dentures, they usually cost less than dental implants. Therefore, if budget is a concern, dentures may be the way to go.
Although dentures can last, they won't adapt to changes such as bone and mass shrinkage that occurs with time. For this reason, they will become loose at some point, often leading to the need for refitting. On the other hand, dental implants can preserve your bone and gum mass, making them a lifelong solution.
Permanency and Removal
As highlighted above, dentures are removable while dental implants are permanent. If you want something that you can easily remove when you go to bed and reattach in the morning when you wake up, then dentures is a better option. However, that's not the whole point. The permanency or removability of dentures and dental implants comes in very handy when the tooth replacement options develop a problem. For dentures, it would be as simple as replacing with another. However, for a dental implant, just like a real tooth, you will have to undergo surgery to rectify the problem.
On the other hand, dental implants step to the plate when it comes to fitting. Since they are permanent, you won't have to worry about them falling off unexpectedly and causing unnecessary embarrassments, which may be the case with dentures if they become loose-fitting.
Patience suitability is related to the flexibility of each of the tooth replacement options. If you don't have good oral health as well as general health, dental implants may not be the best option for you. This is because the fitting and healing process requires good health of your gums, oral tissues, other teeth, nerves, and blood capillaries among other things. However, titanium, which is used to make teeth implants, is a body-safe material so you won't have to worry about allergies.
On the other hand, regardless of your health, dentures can suit you. However, this doesn't mean that there aren't some constraints with dentures because since they are made mostly from plastic and acrylic, they won't work well if you are allergic to these materials.