Do I Need Dentures or Dental Implants?

dental bridge and implant model

Losing your teeth can be daunting, but know that there are quite a few different tooth replacement options that can suit your needs. You don’t have to live without properly eating, talking, or smiling forever!

Two popular restorative options are dentures and dental implants. In this blog post, we’ll review what both of them entail so you can decide which one is right for you.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are the ideal tooth replacement option for those who have lost all of their teeth. At Three Creek Dentistry, we create dentures made from a gum-colored acrylic base with natural-looking false teeth so you can enjoy both comfort and functionality without being self-conscious about your smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are ideal if you are missing one or multiple teeth. An implant consists of a titanium rod to anchor the false tooth (or teeth) to provide a strong support.

How Do I Decide Which Option Is Best For Me?

Dentures are best for those who have lost all of their teeth. They can, however, actually be attached to implants in order to better anchor them to your jaws. It is best to remove your dentures at night to give your gums and jaws time to rest, and be sure to clean your dentures often to keep them in good shape.

Dental implants are great for those who are only missing one or a few teeth and are looking for a strong tooth replacement option. Dental implants can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth and can last up to 25 years. If you are concerned about maintaining your jaw strength or retaining your facial shape, dental implants are a perfect option.

You should have strong gums and jawbones in order to get dental implants. If you have gum disease, it must be addressed first before you can get dental implants. Those with weaker jawbones will need a bone graft before receiving dental implants.

If you are considering dental implants, know that the entire process can take months to complete. First, the dentist will implant the titanium rod and wait for it to fuse to your jawbone before adding the crown, bridge, or dentures over them.

Restorative Dentistry at Three Creek Dentistry

If you are unsure which restorative option is right for you, or would like a consultation, contact us at Three Creek Dentistry! We look forward to giving you the gift of a healthy, beautiful smile.


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