When patients present with missing teeth, we always recommend tooth replacement. A complete smile enhances your self-esteem and contributes to better oral health.
If you’ve been thinking about tooth replacement, you’ve probably investigated dentures and dental implants. So let’s explore how these options work and how they compare.
How Dental Implants in Madison, AL, Work
Dental implants work through a titanium post that integrates into your jawbone. Your dentist implants the post and allows time for this integration to conclude. After this step, we cap your implant with a dental crown.
We can also implant four to six titanium posts for a fixed solution like an attached denture.
How Dentures Work
A denture is restoring teeth on a plate or arch. It can be a complete denture for complete tooth loss or a partial for sporadic loss. Dentures sit on top of the gum, relying on gravity, ridges, and suction to stay in place. The partial denture depends on special clips and healthy remaining teeth for stabilization.
Comparing Dental Implants to Dentures
Both methods offer solutions to tooth loss, but dental implants typically last longer than dentures. However, dental implants have a higher price point, especially if you decide on multiple single implants.
A dental implant does not require specialized oral care or added maintenance. You treat your dental implant as if it is a biological tooth. However, dentures require soaking and special cleanings with a denture brush for best results.
Dental implants are most like natural teeth in look and function. They also help stimulate the jawbone against deterioration. A denture does not protect your jawbone.
Dental implants are far more stable than dentures.
Talk to Your Madison, AL, Dentist about Tooth Replacement
No matter the option you choose, we can help. To learn more about dental implants and dentures or schedule a tooth replacement consultation in Madison, AL, call us today.