One of the great things about Dr. Brian Valle’s functional and cosmetic dental approach is the wide variety of dental options. Many different dental technologies, dental materials, and dental solutions are available, depending on your need. We’re here to help you sort through them all and provide results that will bring your satisfaction and dental health. That is why many people ask us, which is better? Dentures vs Dental Implants?
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Dentures vs Dental Implants
If you are missing teeth or have a tooth that needs extraction, implants can be a good replacement option..
Implants serve to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth. Missing teeth can be socially awkward and make it difficult to speak and chew food.
Implants can also help you restore your facial appearance. Missing teeth can mean bone loss and facial muscle degeneration. It can affect your gum health if you’re missing teeth, and the teeth around the missing tooth can move and loosen. All of this can result in a “saggy” facial appearance and negatively affect your overall dental health.
An implant is more similar to a natural tooth and includes the prosthetic tooth crown (or visible tooth above the gums) and the artificial tooth root, which ties into your jaw bone.
We’ll start with a consultation where we’ll perform a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth and talk about what’s important to you. You might be concerned most about dental aesthetics, functionality, or cost of service. We can provide you with some helpful recommendations on dental implants and set appointment dates for treatment.
We can provide temporary prosthetics for implants that you can wear until the final version is ready. This step also helps us craft and adjust the final version. We can shape and tweak the temporary prosthetics to improve your fit and comfort. Your feedback helps guide us in the final version design.
Implant placement requires at least a few different appointments. We’ll start by placing the implant into the jawbone. We’ll need to allow some time for your jaw to adjust and heal. When ready, we’ll attach the fitting piece and the prosthetic crown to the implant and make sure everything looks and feels as expected.
With implants, patients often report not being able to tell the difference from their natural teeth. You’ll enjoy a powerful, natural bite when chewing food. You clean an implant the same way you clean a natural tooth. You can floss around it and brush it with the rest of your teeth using regular toothpaste.