Implants Vs. Dentures

Implants vs. Dentures at The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, West Hartford, CT
Losing teeth is a big deal. It can occur for some different reasons, including gum disease, facial trauma, and severe gum disease. In addition to a significant impact on the quality of your smile, losing your teeth also has several major effects on the functions of your mouth, your oral health, and your quality of life. The more teeth you lose, the worse the effects. Replacing your teeth is essential. If you are missing numerous teeth, or even a full arch, these missing teeth can be replaced with dentures or implants. The Elmwood Dental Group LLC can help to determine the best solution for you.

Effects of Losing Your Teeth

Tooth loss has many effects on your life. Moreover, the more teeth you lose, the worse the effects become. Common effects of tooth loss include:
•  The quality of your smile decreases. This can significantly impact your confidence.
•  It becomes difficult to bite and chew. You may even find that you can no longer enjoy your favorite foods.
•  When you are not able to properly chew, your body is not able to properly digest your food, which can lead to poor nutrition.
•  Your speech suffers. Others may have a harder time understanding you when you talk.
•  Your facial tissues lose support. As your jaw begins to change shape, the support becomes less and less. Your skin begins to sag, and you develop wrinkles.

Treating Tooth Loss With Dentures

Dentures are a traditional treatment for replacing missing teeth. The dentures we use today are made up of acrylic resin teeth that are set into an acrylic base. The teeth are made to look just like your real teeth, while the base is colored to look exactly like your natural gum tissues. This helps to provide a much more natural appearance than older types of dentures. The base is made to rest directly on your gums, providing support for your replacement teeth. Dentures can be made to replace a full arch of missing teeth, called a full denture, or a section of missing teeth called a partial denture.

Pros and Cons of Dentures

Dentures have several benefits, including:
•  Modern dentures look much more natural than their older counterparts.
•  They restore the functions of your teeth, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak again.
•  Your smile is restored, which can help to restore your confidence.

There are also a few disadvantages to dentures as well.
•  They need to be taken out and cared for every night.
•  They rely on your gums for support, which can be uncomfortable.
•  Your teeth can slip out of place and rub your gums, which can cause sores.
•  You need to relearn how to speak properly.
•  Dentures do not stop bone loss in your jaw. While your jaw changes shape, your dentures do not. Because of this, your dentures will need to change every few years.

Modern Treatment With Dental Implants

Dental implants are an alternative treatment for replacing missing teeth. This treatment is extremely versatile and can be used to replace a single tooth or an entire arch of teeth. Implants use small titanium posts, which are surgically placed into your jawbone. The posts provide the support for your replacement teeth or ceramic crowns. Ceramic looks just like your real teeth, perfectly matching the color and light reflection properties of tooth enamel. To replace a full arch of missing teeth, treatment typically involves the use of 6 to 8 posts implanted into your jaw.

Pros and Cons of Implants

Implants offer several benefits, including:
•  They look, feel, and function just like your real teeth.
•  With your smile perfectly restored, you regain confidence.
•  Your teeth are comfortable. They are supported by implant posts rather than your gums.
•  The posts stimulate your jawbone just like your natural tooth roots. This stops, and prevents, bone loss in your jaw.
•  Implants are the only treatment that can provide this benefit.

There are also a few drawbacks to dental implants as well.
•  They require surgery for placement.
•  Recovery can take up to several months to complete.
•  You need to be in good overall health to undergo surgery.
•  If you do not have enough bone mass in your jaw, you may need a bone graft first.

Replacing your teeth is essential for restoring your smile, the functions of your mouth, and your whole life. Call The Elmwood Dental Group LLC today at (860) 331-8748 for more information and to schedule your consultation to find out which option is right for you.
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