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Dental Implants vs Dentures

June 19, 2022 3:23 am | Published by

When you lose your permanent teeth, it can feel like you’ll never be able to adequately replace them. At Meadow Creek Family Dentistry, we offer a few different restorative options to help our patients enjoy a beautiful, functioning smile. Among the most popular options we offer are dentures and dental implants. We’ll review both of these options so you can understand the differences between them and decide which one is best for you.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are a tooth replacement option for those who’ve lost all of their teeth either on the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. At Meadow Creek Family Dentistry, we offer three different kinds of dentures: partial dentures, full dentures, and implant-supported dentures. Dentures come with an acrylic base that are affixed to your gums, typically with an adhesive. Dentures are removable. It’s important to remove your dentures every night and soak them in a cleaning solution to keep them in good shape.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are one of the most versatile tooth replacement options. Whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, you can get one or more dental implants depending on your needs. An implant consists of two parts. The titanium rod that is surgically implanted into the jaw acts as a replacement root. It is topped off with a restoration such as a crown, bridge, or dentures. They will be anchored to the titanium rod to keep them in place, depending on how many teeth you’re replacing.

The Dental Implant Procedure

The surgical procedure to place dental implants is considered permanent because the titanium rods are implanted into your jaw. It takes several months for complete healing before the restoration will be attached. Dental implants can last a lifetime with good oral care. Dental implant supported dentures stay in place without adhesives.

How Do I Know if Dentures or Dental Implants Are Right for Me?

A healthy jawbone is essential for dental implants. If you are missing a few, but not all of your teeth, you are likely a good candidate for implants. Even if you’re missing all of your teeth, you can still get implants if you have adequate jaw bone strength. Dentures are better for individuals who have lost their teeth and do not have adequate jaw bone strength to support implants. Both options are great for those who want the ability to replace their teeth, maintain the ability to chew, talk, and smile and also fill out their cheeks.

Restorative Dentistry in Spartanburg & Inman, SC

You shouldn’t have to go through life without a beautiful, functioning smile. Contact us to schedule a denture or dental implant consultation today. The team at Meadow Creek Family Dentistry will help you decide which option is best for your smile and your budget.

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