April 11, 2021
There are many reasons why a person would want to have dental implants. Implants can restore function to a tooth or close it, or fix a chipped or broken tooth. It’s important to understand the differences between having dental implants and conventional dentures. The difference is cosmetic and the benefits may outweigh the disadvantages.
One of the main differences between dentures and an implant is the location of the implant. Dentures rest in the jaw bone next to the gums. An implant is surgically placed into a pocket made by the bone. An implant is only a temporary solution for tooth loss. When the gums begin to recede, the dental implant will need to be replaced and a new tooth planted.
Another difference between dentures and implants is the material that a denture is made out of. Dental dentures are typically made out of a molded substance that is designed to mimic the look of natural teeth. An implant is not meant to look like real teeth. The material used to make the dentures is also typically designed to be more secure than traditional materials.
Another difference between implants and dentures is how they are attached to the jaw bone. Dentures are secured by way of a metal post or dental bridge. This is done while the patient is under local anesthesia. After surgery, the dentist will make an adjustment to the implant post to place it in the correct location. After this is complete, the patient is free to eat and drink.
An implant is typically more secure than dentures because it is secured using two posts and the jaw is not completely sealed shut. Because an implant is anchored to the bone, it is more secure and doesn’t easily pop out. Implants also don’t require that a crown is placed on top of them. The reason for this is so the teeth can be easily cleaned and so they don’t have to be as stable. Most dentures do need a cap, but a denture that uses a post and cap will have a very smooth surface.
Why should I get implants? The reasons to do this vary, but most patients find them more comfortable than their dentures. If a person has severely decayed or broken teeth, then having a bone implant can provide more stability. An implant can also restore function to teeth that were damaged by chipping or breaking. An implant is also more secure, which means a person may not feel as comfortable having them installed if the bite isn’t perfect.