Written by: on June 30, 2015 @ 11:37 am

implantsteethWhen you first need to make a decision regarding replacing missing teeth it can be overwhelming. If you are fully edentulous (missing all your teeth) you probably will consider dentures first. That may be a good decision because dentures are not permanent. They are removed at night. They are affordable. They serve the purpose of restoring your ability to eat. They restore your smile and self-esteem. However, if there is a time that you want something more permanent, or if you become tired of your dentures slipping, you can always upgrade to implants.

Dentures vs. Implants

Dentures are an easy and affordable way to replace missing teeth. They are made of an acrylic base the same color as your gums with fabricated teeth attached. Dentures are held in place in your mouth via suction and denture adhesive, which means they can slip when you talk or eat. This can cause, not only embarrassment, but discomfort, as well.

Implants, on the other hand are a permanent fix for missing teeth. They will appear as if you have a mouth full of natural teeth. They will not shift, rub, or slip. While dentures are non-invasive, implants require a surgical procedure to place each tooth. A titanium post is “implanted” into the original tooth socket and when it heals (which can take up to three months) a dental crown is permanently bonded to the titanium post.

Maintaining Implants

Implants should be maintained just as you would your natural teeth. Brush them twice daily and rather than use dental floss, a Water Flosser is recommended to keep your gums healthy around your implants. You still need to visit your dentist, as well. Your dentist has special tools to clean implants and will check for infection around your implants and for bone loss in the underlying jaw bone.

ABOUT YOUR FARMINGTON HILLS DENTIST:

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights.

Catogories: Dental Implants, Dentures

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