Over the course of a lifetime, teeth are lost for various reasons: illness, neglect, or even an accident. The missing teeth need to be replaced, or the face will become sunk in, due to nothing filling out that area. Also, confidence can be lost, never to be found again, since it’s difficult to smile if the first sight is of missing teeth. There are options, though – dentures or dental implants. Both of them have their pros and cons. People are left to wonder what the difference is between dental implants and dentures.
Dentures require a decent amount of maintenance for patients. They have to be brushed at least once a day to ensure that no food particles are stuck in there. Otherwise, like food particles in the gums of regular teeth, they can cause problems. This is not a fast process where one quickly brushes off the dentures and then rinses them off. No, it requires diligence and attention to detail. Use a brush with soft bristles and don’t brush too hard, like with your regular toothbrush routine. It can damage the dentures.
After brushing, the dentures need to be put into a cup with a special solution in it overnight. That way, it ensures that they are clean the next morning. This must be a daily routine – skipping it runs the very real risk of bad bacteria making its way into the mouth area where the denture is inserted… and cause irritation… or infection at worse.
Unlike dentures, which are removable and thus can shift around in the patient’s mouth, the dental implants are pretty much permanent, due to their general lifespan of 25 years or so. Dentures need to be replaced every five to seven years.
Dental implants are much easier to maintain – though getting them usually takes longer than dentures. Once the dentist, or specialist, has cleaned out the area and inserted the titanium screws that will fuse with the jawbone – provided there is enough mass there – there’s usually a waiting period to allow that fusion process to occur.
The main difference is that dental implants tend to cost more – and since insurance companies view it as cosmetic and won’t pay much, if anything, for it, one’s budget might only allow for dentures.
Dr. Shaista Najmi and her staff at Ivory Dental Jacksonville can have you set up with dental implants or dentures – and they will make sure that everything goes completely smoothly.