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Dental Implants vs. Dentures

October 21, 2021
Posted By: Michael Zhang, DMD Staff
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Have you considered dental implants in Tustin, CA, or perhaps dentures?

Missing teeth impact more than your self-esteem; they can also lead to significant oral health complications, including additional tooth loss in the future.

Fortunately, your dentist in Tustin, CA provides various tooth replacement options to restore your smile and help prevent future oral health complications, including dentures, partial dentures, dental implants, and dental bridges. 

Benefits of Tooth Replacement

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 178 million US adults have one or more missing teeth. So, if you've suffered tooth loss, it is nothing to be embarrassed about. However, it is important to seek out tooth replacement.

There are a few benefits to replacing missing teeth:

A Full Smile Enhances Your Self-Esteem

When you feel confident, people pick up on your self-assuredness and may feel more at ease in their interactions with you; this includes personal and business relationships.

Additionally, feeling confident enhances your daily life in all ways.

Tooth Replacement Helps Prevent Future Oral Health Issues

When a tooth is missing, those left behind are eager to make this vacancy their new home. This leads to tooth shifting that promotes wear and tear.

Eventually, you may be dealing with cavities and even additional tooth loss.

Dental Implants Help Prevent Bone Loss

There is an association between missing teeth and jawbone loss. This is natural, but the dental implant—because it replaces the missing tooth root—may stimulate your jawbone to remain healthy and viable.

Jawbone shrinkage can mean a prematurely aged appearance around the lower face.  

About Dental Implants in Tustin, CA

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, nearly three million US adults have a dental implant, and that number grows by half a million annually.

Considered the gold standard by most dentists, dental implants are the only option for a full-anatomy tooth replacement. In other words, this is the only option if you want to replace your tooth and its root.

Because of the entire anatomy replacement, dental implants typically work and function more naturally than other replacement options as well.

Dental implants are tooth root replacements that your implant dentist in Tustin, CA surgically implants into your jawbone. Following implantation, there is an integration and healing period.

During these few months, your implant bonds or fuses into your jawbone, creating a solid base for your replacement tooth, often called a dental crown.

About Dentures in Tustin, CA

According to the Oral Health Foundation, 19 percent of the adult population worldwide wear a denture or partial denture.

Dentures and partial dentures have been around for a long time and are considered one of the earliest tooth replacement options available.

Today's dentures are modern and functional and look nothing like dentures of the past.

If you decide on dentures, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and uses the results to fabricate your denture or partial.

A complete denture is an arch of replacement teeth that depends on suction, gravity, and jawbone rigidity for support and stabilization.

A partial denture is an arch with strategically placed replacement teeth that fill in for missing teeth. A partial denture depends on healthy teeth and clips for support.

Dental Implants and Dentures: How They Compare

Dental implants are the gold standard, known for their longevity and natural function. However, they are typically more expensive than dentures.

Dentures are removable for cleaning and during sleep, but dental implants are fixed and more permanent.

Dental implants tend to slip over time and need relines and adhesives to remain functional. Dental implants do not require relines or adhesives because they are fixed and promote bone viability.

The Best of Both Worlds: Dentures Meet Dental Implants

If your dentist provides consultation and decides that you're a good candidate for either option, it may be difficult for you to make a final decision.

There is a way to choose both options via implant-supported dentures. This method works if you have complete or significant tooth loss.

Implant-supported dentures in Tustin, CA find your dentist surgically implanting your tooth roots and then capping the roots with a denture, partial, or dental bridge following bone integration.

Learn Which Tooth Replacement Option Is Right for You

Your 'dentist near me' starts you with a consultation to ensure you're a good candidate for tooth replacement. Considerations include jawbone health.

In some cases, your dentist may recommend pretreatments to make you a candidate for the option of your choosing.

Reach out to a member of our dental team today to get started.

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