Missing Teeth: Should You Get Dental Implants or Dentures?

Missing Teeth: Should You Get Dental Implants or Dentures?

January 22, 2017

There are a variety of reasons that you might lose one or more teeth. Perhaps you have advanced gum disease, or maybe you simply were in an accident. Regardless of the cause, you do not want to continue to live without replacing your lost teeth. This not only affects the aesthetics of your smile, but it also changes your ability to eat certain foods. That is why Dr. Kevin Hogan provides dental implants and dentures for his patients.

When discussing your options for restoring your smile with a general dentist in Mt. Pleasant, it is important to understand the difference between dental implants vs. dentures.

Permanent Fix

One of the defining characteristics of dental implants compared to dentures is that they are a permanent fix. You insert an implant into the bone and then place a cap on top of it. In most cases, dental implants stay in place and last for many years. Alternatively, dentures are removable. This is nice if you have a reason for continually removing them; however, it causes issues when you are speaking or eating. Dentures also might lead to more problems down the line, as their use could negatively impact the surrounding teeth.

Realistic Look and Feel  

Another reason that many people are choosing dental implants over dentures is that they have a more realistic look and feel. In many cases, no one will tell the difference between your original teeth and the fake one. Although denture quality has improved, making them appear much closer to natural teeth, dental implants appear that much more natural.

Additionally, implants grind food much better, so you do not have to limit your diet. When you wear dentures, you might have to avoid certain foods, as the dentures might dislodge. It also becomes difficult to grind certain foods as you normally would, so you have to avoid certain foods.

Get Fitted Today

There are certain criteria that you have to meet to be a candidate for implants. Contact our office to make an appointment to speak with Dr. Hogan to determine if you are a good fit.

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