Dentures vs Dental Implants: What Is Best for Me?

Missing teeth can be problematic for a number of reasons. They may make you feel self-conscious about how you look, make eating and speaking difficult, and even cause your other teeth to shift and become more vulnerable to decay. Happily, Dr. Alexandroni offers options for replacement, and one of them is likely to be right for you.

Why you should replace missing teeth

Whether you’ve lost teeth due to trauma, decay, or some other reason, it’s a good idea to think about the best option for replacement. When you’re missing teeth, your other teeth can move, which may change your bite. Missing teeth could cause your remaining teeth to crack, making them more vulnerable to decay or infection, because the force of your bite is unevenly distributed.

Missing teeth can also impact your nutrition because you may find it difficult to eat properly. Your appearance may change, as well, depending on the location and number of missing teeth.

Choosing the best replacement option for you

There are two main choices for replacing missing teeth: dentures or dental implants. Both of them have benefits, and the one that will work best for you depends on numerous factors.

In addition to gathering information that may help you make a decision, you should discuss your specific circumstances and goals with Dr. Alexandroni before choosing which of the two is likely to work best for you.

Dentures

The quality and appearance of dentures have improved dramatically in recent years. They are customized to fit you well, and are made from materials that look more like real teeth than they were in the past.

One of the greatest benefits of dentures is that they are simple. You most likely already understand the basics of how dentures work, and the procedure for getting them is usually quite straightforward.

Some people don’t like dentures because they are removable, or because they can’t quite get used to how they feel. You may struggle with eating or speaking at first as you learn to navigate life with dentures.

However, Dr. Alexandroni works with you, taking impressions and measurements to make sure that your dentures fit perfectly, and she will follow up to make sure you are acclimating to life with dentures comfortably.

Dental Implants

Considered by some to be the gold standard when it comes to replacing teeth, dental implants are a good option if you’re in overall good health and your jaw and gums are healthy.

A dental implant is anchored to your jaw, and isn’t removable. This means your implants will look and feel more like natural teeth, and you’re unlikely to have the same kinds of problems adjusting to eating and speaking that you might have as you get used to your dentures. Dental implants are also likely to last longer than dentures, and often last a lifetime.

Getting dental implants takes multiple visits, which may need to be spaced out by weeks or months. It is a surgical procedure, so you’ll need to be healthy enough overall to undergo a simple surgery.

If you’re evaluating teeth replacement options, book an appointment online or by phone with Dr. Alexandroni. She’s happy to provide a consultation and make suggestions about what’s likely to work best for your individual goals.

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