If you are missing teeth and want to improve your smile, then there are a few options that you have. Dentures and dental implants are the most common choices for tooth loss, and which choice you go with depends on the type of tooth loss you have, your age, and how much you want to spend. Dentures and dental implants are also two very different options, so you will need to decide which procedure would work best for you and your lifestyle. Here is an overview of the dramatic differences between dentures and dental implants and which is most suitable for individual people. 

The Big Differences

Dentures are removable replacement teeth. They are cemented into the mouth with a denture adhesive and can replace single missing teeth, many missing teeth, or no teeth. An implant, on the other hand, replaces a single tooth (sometimes an implanted bridge will replace many consecutive missing teeth). An implant is drilled into the jawbone, and a post is inserted that, once healed into the bone, an implant cap is placed on. 

The benefit of implants over dentures is that many people report having teeth that act and feel like their original teeth. You also care for an implant in the same way you care for your original teeth (brushing and flossing) instead of having to remove them every night for cleaning. Many common complaints with dentures are that they do not feel like real teeth, that chewing and speaking can be an issue, and that loose dentures can irritate your gums. When you are missing teeth, your jawbone also can become damaged, and implants will keep this damage from occurring. 

Implants are a great option for individual teeth and small gaps of missing teeth but are not ideal if you are missing all of your teeth. There is a between options, though, which are implanted dentures. Implants are put into your jawbone in strategic places so that dentures can be fixed to the implants. This makes chewing easier, and you will not have to worry about dentures falling out or becoming detached. 

Ideal Candidates

Dental implants are an excellent option for many people, but not for all. You need to have healthy gums, enough bone in your jaw for the implant to anchor to, if you are too young and your jaw is not finished growing, heavy smokers, those with a chronic disease that can affect healing, and if you grind your teeth. 

If you are interested in dentures, almost everyone can get them. If you have serious gum health issues or an unhealthy jawbone, then you may not be able to get them, but you can work with your dentist to return your gums to better health so that you can comfortably wear dentures. 

Dental Implants at KR Dental in Oshawa

If you are considering dental implants, then we encourage you to come to speak with the team at KR Dental. Our staff of highly trained professionals have helped countless people regain their smiles and confidence with quality dental implants. Contact us today!