Dentures and dental implants are two of the most popular solutions for replacing missing teeth. Dr. J. Carter Perkins offers both of these restorative treatments to patients in his Dunnellon, FL dental office. Learn more about the differences and similarities between dentures and dental implants below:
All About Dentures
Removable dentures are usually used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. They’re made of a resin and metal base, with plastic or ceramic teeth. They cost less than dental implants initially and also offer a shorter treatment time.
However, dentures come with a bit of a learning curve in everyday life. You have to adjust to speaking with them. In addition, they need to be taken out at night to be cleaned. When secured with dental implants, dentures are a more secure and permanent solution. Implant-secured dentures do not require messy adhesives and look and feel like natural teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are made up of a titanium post placed into your jawbone. Then, an abutment attaches to the top of the post, connecting it to a dental crown. However, dental implants can also support a dental bridge or fixed denture.
Implants replace missing teeth at the tooth root to prevents jawbone deterioration and stimulate growth. Your jawbone grows and fuses with the titanium implant post for extra stability. Implants may take longer because the implants in your jaw need to heal over a period of 3 to 6 months. However, implants fully restore your bite function and do not require any dietary restrictions. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. Just remember to keep up with brushing, flossing, and visiting our office biannually to ensure that your implants and natural teeth are healthy.
Request a Consulation
Do you want to restore one or more missing teeth? Call our Dunnellon, FL dental office at (352) 440-5827. You may also schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins on our website.