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Dentures, Dental Implants, and Implant-Supported Dentures

If you or a loved one has lost several teeth, you may be looking for some replacement options. The most basic options are dentures, dental implants, and the best of both worlds: implant-supported dentures. Here are a few pros and cons to each.


    Pros. Dentures are very unique because they are one of the only types of dental prosthetic that can be removed and cleaned easily. This can be a huge strength because, in addition to supporting one's jaw, helping an individual to chew, and the confidence that they can add to an individual's smile, they can be removed should someone want to take a break from such things.

    Cons. One of the largest cons of dentures is that they may not fit exactly right. If one is to get dentures, the majority of their teeth are removed, which causes swelling and puffiness. This swelling usually takes place at the same time that the molds for dentures are cast. For this reason, dentures usually require a large period of time to adjust to.

Dental Implants.

    Pros. Dental implants are basically individual prosthetic teeth. They are permanent and durable and will likely fit nicely into one's already happy smile. They are a great option for those who are needing some additional support but don't want to go through the hassle of having to put in and take out dentures daily. Implants can be a wonderful solution if only a tooth or two is needing replacement.

    Cons. Dental implants can be quite painful, since installing them is major oral surgery. Additionally, every individual may not be able to support dental implants, depending on the size and strength of their jaw bone. Smokers, for example, may not have the strength in their mandible to support a dental implant.

Implant-Supported Dentures.

    Pros. As previously mentioned, implant-supported dentures might be the best of both worlds. These dentures have all the gleam and style of normal dentures, only without the hassle of having to make sure they stick to the roof of your mouth, and they are secure all the time. Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are permanent in your mouth because they are attached directly to your jaw with dental implants.

    Cons. Getting dental implants is quite the process. There are usually several surgeries needed in order to get the final product in place. These surgeries include extracting teeth that may be in the way of the denture, setting the base of the dental implants, and placing the actual denture.

Contact a dental implant service for more information about these options.