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Dentures have long been one of the most common tooth replacement options in the US. Today, that trend is changing, and dental implants are joining dentures on the list of top treatments. At Northwood Dental, we know both options have their pros and cons, and patients should have that information prior to being asked to choose a treatment option that would work for them. If you are thinking about replacing your missing teeth in Clearwater, FL, consider the following as you make your decision:
Dentures are a removable appliance that is adhered to the gums with denture adhesive. Today’s dentures are better than ever, and boast stronger, more natural looking materials that can help you retain more of a natural look. Many patients initially experience difficulty eating and speaking with their new dentures. They are prone to shifting while in use, and that may cause discomfort. When the dentures are a partial set, they may also cause the healthy teeth around them to decay if doctors fail to fit them properly. Patients with significant bone loss, a weak jaw or ongoing problems with their gums may find dentures to be an ideal treatment. Their cost may also make them a practical choice for patients on a budget.
Dental implants are similar to dentures, but instead of having the false teeth rooted to an orthodontic device, they are affixed directly to the jaw. They are implanted surgically, and with proper care and attention, may last for decades. Implants can also be used to replace any number of missing teeth, are more comfortable than other options, and are not prone to causing damage to other healthy teeth. The biggest con to implants is their cost. They are initially expensive and many insurance plans do not fully cover the expenses associated with their placement.
At Northwood Dental, we are happy to help determine which treatment option would work best for you. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.