The Difference Between Dental Implants and Dentures
Posted on 10/25/2021 by Dr. Shiotsu
36 million Americans don't have any teeth and 120 million have at least one missing tooth. But many people might not even know that dental implants and dentures exist or know the difference between the two.
What are Dentures
Dentures are artificial teeth and are a prosthetic device to replace teeth that were extracted or fell out. The soft and hard tissue of the oral cavity surround the dentures to help keep them in place. They are designed to help improve a person's chewing ability and can aid with pronunciation of words with fricatives and sibilants. Dentures give some support to the cheeks and lips, resulting in improvement of the appearance of the face. When a person loses their teeth, their face can have a collapsed appearance, and dentures help solve that problem. Dentures also boost self esteem because they improve appearance and over aesthetics along with a person's speech. Just like natural teeth, tartar and plaque can build up on them. It is recommended that they are cleaned every day to help avoid the buildup. Dentures shouldn't be worn all the time and need to be removed during sleep. If a person is a smoker, they should also remove their dentures when they smoke because the acrylic can be damaged from the heat created by smoking and the result can be burnt soft tissue.
What Are Implants
A procedure that an artificial implant like titanium connects with a living bone is called osteointegration. Dental implants undergo this process and once osteointegration is completed, a dental prosthetic can be added. Dental implants can support a dental prosthesis such as a denture, bridge, or crown. Functioning just like natural teeth, its easier to speak and eat with dental implants and they are also more comfortable than removable dentures. They can last a long time and even last you a lifetime if they are taking care of properly. They do not need to be removed like other dentures and are more convenient because of this. However, they do still need to be cleaned because plaque can build up on the implanted dentures.
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