Have you lost one or more permanent teeth? There are several restoration solutions available at Vero Dental in Dallas, TX. In this blog post, we compare dental implants and dentures.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are permanent, natural-looking tooth replacements. There are three parts to a dental implant: a titanium rod which fuses to the jaw bone and acts as the replacement tooth root; an abutment that is affixed to the replacement tooth; and a crown, bridge, or dentures that function as the replacement teeth. Whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, dental implants can be a viable option for you.
Because dental implants rely on your existing gums and jawbone to function, you need to have healthy gums and sufficient jawbone density to be a good candidate for dental implants. Keep in mind that the dental implant process will take several months since you need time to heal after the implant is surgically inserted into your jaw.
Once your dental implants are complete, you care for them just as you would your natural teeth. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time, floss every day, consume a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, avoid tobacco products, and routinely visit Vero Dental. These oral health habits will keep your gums and remaining teeth healthy and strong. A healthy mouth is critical for maintaining the integrity of your implants.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are composed of artificial teeth attached to an acrylic base. What your prosthesis looks like depends on how many teeth you need replaced and where. Partial dentures replace multiple teeth in various places in an arch by attaching to your remaining natural teeth. Full dentures replace an entire arch and are either attached with a dental adhesive or via dental implants.
Your dentures will be custom-crafted for your unique mouth shape so they feel comfortable and look natural. They may need adjustment every so often to prevent irritation of your gums, so it’s important to visit Vero Dental regularly to be sure they still fit.
Dentures should be removed and cleaned thoroughly after meals with dish soap or denture cleaner and should be soaked in a denture or retainer cleaner overnight. This gives your gums a break to prevent irritation and reduces your risk of dental disease.
Affordable Restorative Dentistry in Dallas, TX
Whether you are considering dental implants or dentures, we’ll work with you to determine the right treatment plan and affordable payment option. Vero Dental accepts cash, debit credit cards, dental insurance, FSAs and HSAs, our own Dental Savers Plan, payment plans through CareCredit®, and loans through LendingClub. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!
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