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Dental Implants versus Dentures: Which Is Right for You?

Chances are you know a family member or friend in your past who wore ill-fitting dentures. Whether it’s the clicking sound you remember or the way the dentures slipped when your friend talked, those things left a lasting impression.

Fast forward to today. Despite your best efforts to keep your teeth and gums healthy, you’re missing some teeth. Now what? All you can think about is those clicking and slipping dentures. You’ve heard about dental implants, but you’re not sure if they’re the right choice for you.

In this blog, the dentists and highly skilled providers at CaliDental break down the dental implants versus dentures dilemma to help you make the best decision for you. As we unpack this topic, keep in mind two things: you’re not alone, and the advances in dentistry, especially for replacing missing teeth, have come a long way since your friend’s annoyingly memorable dentures.  

Implants and dentures are excellent, long-lasting options

As a person who’s missing teeth, you join the not-so-exclusive club of more than 120 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth. Perhaps for this reason the treatment options for replacing teeth have increased exponentially in quality and quantity. Dentures and implants are part of a growing number of dental appliances or dental prostheses designed to replace missing teeth or fix imperfections.

Today’s dentures, as well as dental implants, are made from materials that mimic natural teeth so much so that they’re virtually undetectable as artificial teeth. With proper at-home oral care and regular dental checkups, both are a good value. Dentures will eventually need to be replaced, but they typically last up to 10 years. If you’re more of a one-and-done person, and durability is a deciding factor, then dental implants are probably your best bet as they can last a lifetime.

Dentures are a removable option

For many people, choosing dentures over dental implants or vice versa is often a matter of perceived convenience as well as treatment time. Dentures have been around for centuries, but a lot has changed, especially with the materials they’re made from. Dentures are now more natural-looking and comfortable. But what hasn’t changed is that they’re a removable treatment option.

Depending on your particular situation and whether you need to have teeth extracted for complete dentures as opposed to a partial denture, your treatment time can take up to 12 weeks or more. This time will allow your mouth to heal and be ready to be fit for a complete set of dentures.

Implants are a permanent, non-removable option

If you don’t want to deal with a removable option or can’t wear dentures, then going with dental implants may be the right decision for you. The process of getting dental implants will take place over the course of several months, so it’s more of a time commitment. But for those patients who are looking for a more permanent, natural-looking option, the time is well worth it.

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically anchored into the jawbone. These posts will ultimately mimic the role of your natural tooth’s roots. The extended timeframe is all about healing and allowing the implant to fuse to the jawbone. Once it’s properly healed, Dr. Azad performs a digital scan to mill custom artificial teeth. In the final steps of the process, he places an abutment (connector) and the artificial teeth on the implants. Once he checks to make sure everything fits together correctly and you have a proper bite, you’re good to go as if you never had missing teeth to begin with.

Dental implants are also sometimes used in coordination with dentures or dental bridges to make these dental prostheses more stable and comfortable. If you’re missing teeth and want to learn more about your treatment options, contact us for a consultation. Book an appointment at the CaliDental office nearest you. We have locations in Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Lompoc, and Bakersfield, California.

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