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Dental implants

A dental implant is a metal device that is placed into the jawbone and can help provide a permanent solution to the problem of one or more missing teeth. Your dentist will insert a titanium screw to act as the tooth root and then place an artificial tooth such as a denture, bridge, or crown. Dental implants will look and feel just like your natural teeth.

Single Implant

Dental implants are surgically implanted and will fuse with your jawbone over time. The permanent fixtures do not need to be adjusted or replaced regularly. They will also work just like your natural teeth, effectively restoring the functionality that may have been lost due to missing teeth. Lastly, implants will help to maintain the shape and structure of your jawbone and keep it strong. Although implants make for a great way to address tooth loss resulting from aging, they are generally costlier than other forms of tooth replacement.

Dentures vs. implants

Both dentures and implants are treatments for age-related tooth loss. However, there is a big difference between these two options, making it important for seniors to choose their preferred option carefully. At 305 Dentistry, our senior dentistry services cover both dentures and implants. Here is what you need to know:

Both dentures and implants are customizable, meaning your dentist will ensure they fit perfectly. They are also designed to feel and look as natural as possible. However, while dental implants are permanent, dentures are removable. Dentures are made from a variety of materials and are molded over your oral cavity to ensure they fit perfectly in your mouth. These devices are secured to the mouth using denture adhesive, a factor that can create some issues for seniors who have them. When the adhesive fails to secure the dentures in place, the artificial teeth can slip.

Regular denture without implants

Advantages
  • Dentures are less expensive than implants.
  • The process to create the dentures is non-invasive. No surgery required.
  • Dentures can be placed in by patients who have experienced bone and gum loss.
  • Any damage done to dentures can be easily fixed or modified.
  • Dentures can be trial tested, unlike dental implants.

Denture with implants

Advantages
  • Does not need solutions or creams.
  • Comfortable, seamlessly fits into your mouth.
  • Long-lasting, the implants will hold up for 20 years or more.
  • Dental implants are also more natural looking, and you don’t need to remove them regularly for cleaning.
  • Acting just like regular teeth, implants allow the bone to continue to grow.
  • Remain stable and firmly attached to the jaw.

Fixed bridges

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