Perkins Dentistry offers several options for their patients missing most or all of their upper or lower teeth at their Dunnellon, FL dentist office. The basic options are traditional removable dentures and dental implant secured dentures. Dental implants are the most popular and natural choice for people who are missing one or two teeth.
Most people do not realize that dental implants are also an option for those missing an entire row of teeth as opposed to dentures. For patients who have healthy gums, sufficient bone support, good overall health, and a commitment your oral health, Dr. Carter Perkins will recommend dentures supported by dental implants to replace an entire row of teeth.
Dentures are a natural-looking and comfortable way to replace a full arch or full set of missing teeth. Whether you have lost your teeth over time or require a full mouth removal of your teeth, a denture can be custom designed to restore a beautiful, comfortable smile.
Dentures are prosthetic teeth, also known as false teeth, which are used to replace missing teeth. They are made in a dental lab with impressions of your mouth. Dentures take some time to get used to and require a lot of care. Dentures will also need to be replaced or adjusted over time.
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that replace both the missing tooth and tooth root structure. Designed to fuse with the jawbone, implants provide unparalleled support for the jaw and bite. A dental implant is actually a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath the gum line. This titanium post will act as the tooth root providing a strong foundation for the denture. Dental implants do not come loose like dentures and can last a lifetime if cared for properly along with regular dental visits.
Dental Implants vs Dentures
Fit – Every time you put in your dentures, you will need to apply an adhesive to assure they stay in place in your mouth. Dental implants do not require this extra step because they are surgically implanted and can be treated like your natural teeth. With dentures, there is a possibility they will slip or even fall out.
Also, dentures may be a bit uncomfortable because they may cover a large portion of your mouth with plastic depending on the type of dentures you need. They may feel weird in your mouth and take some time to get used to because they are bulky.
Facial Features – A person missing multiple or all of their teeth will have a face that appears sunken-in and aged. While both dentures and dental implants will hold the natural shape of your face and lower jaw, dental implants are permanent and more like your natural teeth.
Cost – Dental implants cost significantly more when compared to dentures but the cost of dentures will add up over time. Dentures require lots of maintenance and will need to be replaced, realigned, or rebased depending on the wear and tear. Over time, the cost of maintaining your dentures may even exceed the cost of dental implants.
Eating – Dentures will deliver about a 30-40% normal chewing function. Oftentimes, dentures may slip around or may not fit correctly making it difficult to follow a healthy diet. Dental implants will deliver a 100% normal chewing function because they are surgically implanted.
Maintenance – Dentures involve a lot of care. They must be brushed daily and can possibly break if dropped. You can never let your dentures dry out and that can be a constant worry especially when not wearing them. Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth. You can brush them and floss them without the worry of damaging them.
Bone loss – Missing teeth will cause a void in your jaw bone that can lead to bone loss and deterioration. Dunnellon, FL dentist Dr. Perkins will recommend dental implants over dentures because they are the only option for missing teeth that stimulates the jaw bone which helps stimulate bone growth. This will prevent bone loss.