A whole, healthy smile has benefits that extend far beyond aesthetics: prosthodontics help support the jaw muscles and bone structure if teeth are lost or damaged. While well-made dentures have long improved quality of life for our patients with missing teeth, Dental Partners of Boston also offers an alternative: dental implants.
Dentures to Dental Implants: Making the Switch
While removable, prosthetic teeth – dentures – fit the lifestyle of many, some wearers prefer to seek out a more permanent alternative, which our office is happy to provide. Dental implants use safe, sturdy titanium posts that act as anchors for extremely realistic prosthetic teeth. Unlike dentures, which typically cover an entire upper or lower set of teeth, implants can be selectively placed in the jaw. This gives you more options and flexibility, particularly in cases where some natural teeth remain and you’d like to complete your smile, rather than covering it with a denture.
What Can You Expect with Dental Implants vs. Dentures?
Dentures rely on the use of adhesive films or creams to stay anchored in the mouth throughout the day. Upon removal, both the natural gum line as well as the denture itself need to be cleaned thoroughly. Implants, conversely, can be brushed and maintained as you would normal teeth, as they don’t typically need to be removed on a regular basis. Additionally, because both the prosthetic tooth material and titanium post resist bacteria, you’ll never have to worry about getting cavities, as you might with natural teeth. Implants also can’t be lost or misplaced because they remain in the mouth.
Much like dentures, however, abrasive substances should be avoided; opt for a low-abrasive toothpaste and soft-bristle toothbrush to avoid scratching your prosthetic tooth material.
Should I Get Dentures or Implants?
With a question as important as your smile, it’s completely understandable that you want to research which option is better. In short, the right choice will depend heavily on your current dental situation, past dental history, and desired results. The best way to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants is to make an appointment with our office. Our patient-centered team will treat you with respect and care at every visit, and help you determine which solution for tooth loss works best for you. During your visit(s), we will perform diagnostics, such as x-rays, to see if your jaw is healthy enough to support implants.
Eager to venture beyond dentures? Contact our office to discover what your options are for regaining a whole, healthy smile. We’re here to help and answer any of your questions about dental implants; we can’t wait to give you a reason to show off your beautiful new teeth.