If you are missing teeth, replacing them can help you prevent further issues such as gum disease or tooth decay. Dentures and dental implants are two of the most popular methods of smile restoration. Your dentist can help you decide which approach is right for you based on the condition of your teeth and gums.
Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and gum tissue in the mouth. Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, your dentist will fit you for either a partial or full set. Partial dentures are for people who have only lost a few teeth and want to prevent the remaining ones from shifting. Full dentures are recommended for people who are either in the process of losing their teeth or have already experienced complete tooth loss. Some wearers find that it takes time to adjust to these appliances, which can temporarily impact their ability to eat comfortably or speak clearly.
Unlike dentures, implants are a more durable and permanent replacement solution. They are embedded directly in the jawbone and designed to look and function exactly like your natural teeth. The implant post stimulates tissue growth, protecting both your jawbone and the teeth around the implant. You can chew tough foods without worrying that a tooth will move or fall out, and you will be able to speak clearly after your procedure. While dental implants look more natural than dentures, they are also more expensive and not typically covered by insurance.
If missing teeth are impacting your quality of life, ask your dentist which replacement method is right for you. Whether you choose dentures or dental implants, you’ll feel more confident showing off your smile. Call (440) 992-2700 to schedule an appointment at The Healthy Smile Center in Ashtabula, OH. Visit the practice online to learn more about their general and cosmetic dentistry services.