Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Dentures and dental implants are the two most common restorations for missing teeth. However, there are differences to consider between the 2 options, including comfort level, confidence level, cost and durability:
Comfort Level – Most denture wearers experience discomfort at one point or another because over time gum tissues tend to shrink leaving the denture with a loose fit. This instability can cause gum irritation and mouth sores. Adjustments are usually needed over the life of the denture due to gum and jaw bone shrinkage. To achieve the best fit, denture wearers must use messy dental adhesive. Upper dentures also have a tendency to affect the taste of foods because the palate is covered. On the other hand, dental implants are permanent, natural looking and very functional. Implants also offer the same force for biting as natural teeth and do not interfere with the taste of food.
Confidence Level – Dentures tend to slip, restricting the wearers ability to talk and eat. For a person with dental implants, he or she never has to fear these kinds of embarrassing moments. Properly placed implants are stable and function just like natural tooth roots.
Cost – Dentures can be fabricated quickly, are durable and cost much less than implants. However, the wearer’s gums tend to shrink over time, and additional trips to the dentist are necessary for periodic adjustments and denture replacements. Dental implants can be a major investment as they cost more initially, but implants require no further adjustments, replacements or further trips to the dental office.
Durability – Although dentures are strong enough to last a lifetime, dentures do nothing to prevent the shrinkage of bone and gum mass, often resulting in the need for refitting or replacements. Gum and bone shrinkage also causes a change in the bite, and wear and tear of the denture chewing surface. Dental implants actually help preserve the patient’s gum and bone mass. Implants are permanent, dependable and are a lifelong solution to missing teeth.
With all of the Holidays right around the corner, it's time to start making plans for holiday dinners, parties and catching up with co-workers, family and friends! The inevitable group picture will be taken at all of the events I plan to attend....which will likely appear on-line for anyone interested to view. A scary thought indeed!
The easiest and least expensive treat to ourselves is a professional dental whitening. Don't hesitate posing for that picture, give your best smile for all to see!
The options include:
1. Whitening at Home — There are several options in this category of whitening. You can choose over-the-counter toothpastes, mouthwashes, white strips or paint-on gels. Gel trays are popular, and require an impression of your teeth and a whiteing kit that you use at home.
2. Whitening at the Office — (This option is what I plan on doing! ) The procedure takes a little over an hour. Material is applied over your gums for protection and the whitening material is placed on your teeth, then you just get to relax and let Stacey take over! Results are immediate and beautiful!
Whatever your choice may be, think about your options, and consider lifestyle factors that may interfere with the tooth whitening process. Commit yourself to one technique and enjoy a brighter and whiter smile!
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