It’s important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible because it is better for your oral health. Today there is no shortage of tooth replacement options available, including dentures and dental implants.
Both are prosthetics that replace missing teeth; an implant is an artificial tooth root that’s placed in your jawbone; removable dentures are prosthetics that rest on top of your gums.
Dental Implants, a Complete Tooth Replacement
Dentists recommend dental implants because they mimic the form, function, and appearance of a real tooth. A tiny titanium implant post acts as an artificial tooth root and is placed surgically in your jawbone.
During a healing period that takes several months, the biocompatible post integrates with the bone and tissue around it. The implant helps stimulate the healthy growth of the jawbone, and when your dentist adds a restoration—crown, bridge, or denture—it is every bit as stable as a natural tooth.
Dentures Are an Affordable Alternative to Implants
Many people are good candidates for tooth implants, but they may not want the expense or time involved with getting an implant. Sometimes, a patient doesn’t have enough dense bone into which the dentist can place the implant and opt for a removable denture instead.
Implant-Retained Dentures Offer the Best of Both
Implants and dentures are not necessarily an either-or choice; by strategically placing just a few implants along your jaw, your dentist can fabricate a denture to snap onto them. This delivers a stable, functional set of teeth that will not shift, slide, or move unpredictably. The implants also help keep the jawbone strong and healthy, which contributes to a more youthful appearance.
Are Implants or Dentures Right for You?
At Cook Family Dentistry, we offer both dental implants and dentures for our Birmingham patients who want to replace missing teeth. Call us to schedule an appointment to discuss both options and see which is right for you.