Dental Implants v. Dentures
Regular dental and oral hygiene is recommended to maintain healthy teeth and gums. However, unforeseen circumstances such as an accident could greatly impact your oral health, leaving you with a few teeth missing or no teeth at all. In such situations, you can consider getting dentures or dental implants so you can flash your amazing smile once again with confidence. If you are not sure which tooth restoration may be best suited to your needs, you can visit Dynamic Dental Care to get more information.
It's no secret that there have been multiple advancements in the dental industry and dentures may seem a little outdated. However, today's dentures are more effective and almost as good as having a real set of teeth. Dentures are hassle-free, easy to maintain and convenient to get fitted. Composed of a flesh-colored acrylic plate lined with either resin or porcelain prosthetic teeth, dentures give people a renewed smile and can greatly improve their quality of life. The acrylic can be colored to match your unique skin tone, allowing everyone to have a perfect match for their complete dentures. With complete dentures, the top tray is called a plate and sets against the soft palate and the gums. For the bottom teeth, the tray is generally horseshoe shaped to fit comfortably around the tongue. Before we fit our patients with a set of dentures, we will take impressions, which we will send out to a lab for a comfortable, custom fit. In the meanwhile, we often fit our patients with a set of temporary dentures.
While dentures can be removed, dental implants are a permanent tooth restoration that cannot be taken out of the mouth. Dental implants are commonly developed from titanium or zirconia. A dental implant replaces the missing tooth root and is made up of three components: the implant post - which is surgically embedded into the jawbone, the connector - also referred as an abutment, and the third and final piece - the dental crown which sits on top of the restoration. The crown is the only visible portion of the dental implant. The process to place dental implants can take several months, as healing time is required for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. This is a process known as osseointegration. Dental implants are versatile and are a perfect option for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a full arch of teeth. For only one tooth, a single tooth implant can be used. A single tooth implant can be used for each missing tooth; however, a multiple tooth implant makes more sense if you need to replace more than just one tooth. Replacing several teeth with single tooth implants can be more painful, as well as expensive. Dental implants tend to be the chosen tooth replacement nowadays, as they are not only permanent but can last a lifetime. Dentures often need to be relined and replaced after several years.
Dynamic Dental Care Can Help Replace Your Missing Teeth
If you are looking to get dentures or dental implants to resume your perfect smile, please give us a call at (509) 466-2587 to schedule an appointment to learn more about your tooth replacement options.