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Dental Implants or Dentures? Which One is Right for me?

Posted by Julie Berger on Sun, Jul 1, 2018 @ 12:07 PM


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When you lose teeth, you want them replaced soon. How to replace them can be a tricky decision! With the high cost of dental work, it's important to educate yourself on the options available. Let's take a look at the differences between dental implants and dentures.

Implants

A dental implant is a post which the dentist surgically implants into the jawbone. This post acts as an anchor for a replacement tooth. Many people find implants a good choice for replacing just one or two missing teeth. However, implants can also be used to replace several or even all teeth. Today it is often possible to remove teeth and place new, fixed teeth all on the same day. (TeethXpress)

Advantages of Implants

  • Once the implant is in your mouth, the replacement tooth can be treated like a normal tooth.
  • There are no food or drink restrictions.
  • Dental implants last a long time, often for the rest of the patient's life.
  • Implants are good for your dental health! They act like a normal tooth, protecting the teeth around them and stimulating the surrounding bone.
  • Implants help keep the jaw bone structure from melting away.

Disadvantages of Implants

  • Implants require some surgery.
  • The initial cost of the implants can be higher than other ways of replacing teeth.

Dentures

Dentures are a removable appliance which replaces missing teeth. A partial denture replaces teeth where there are gaps, and the denture is anchored onto existing teeth. A complete denture replaces all the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw.

Advantages of Dentures

  • Dentures can be made to look like the rest of your teeth. They are customized for your mouth.
  • Dentures are easily adjusted. If another tooth falls out, the denture can often be modified so it contains a new replacement tooth.
  • Getting dentures does not require surgery.
  • Dentures are usually not as expensive as implants.

Disadvantages of Dentures

  • Dentures can be uncomfortable and even harmful to your overall dental health.
  • Dentures can shift inside your mouth. Dental adhesives do not always work to keep them in place.
  • Dentures should be removed at night.
  • Foods can get trapped under dentures and cause discomfort or decay to remaining teeth.
  • Dentures will require replacements and relines as the jaw ridges shrink.
  • Dentures will not prevent jaw bone structures from melting away.

Which one is right for you?

Today you have more choices than ever for getting back a beautiful, natural smile. Talk to prosthodontist about all the most up to date options.

 

Julie C Berger, DDS, MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and board certified prosthodontist.

717-334-0555 GettysburgCosmeticDental.com

Topics: dentures Gettysburg, dentures, dental implants Gettysburg, Sedation dentistry, Teeth in a Day, All on Four, Gettysburg

Teeth in a Day All-On-Four in Gettysburg?

Posted by Julie Berger on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

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Root canals, gum disease, fillings, and crowns…oh my.  If you’ve been through the mill with your teeth you know who you are.  We all want to keep our natural teeth for a life-time, but sometimes enough is enough.  Recent new TeethXpress technology allows some great solutions.

 

It used to be that removable dentures were the only option.  You had your teeth removed and had an immediate, temporary type denture placed, and then, after several months of healing, another final denture.  You hoped you could accommodate to a new lifestyle of wearing a removable piece of plastic in your mouth.  You hoped that your mouth was shaped right so that the denture would stay in.  If you had a dry mouth or a gag reflex then removable dentures might never work well.

 

Along came dental implants.  Now we had a way to give you fixed teeth that were almost like your own natural teeth.  But the procedure was long and complicated.  You had to have the teeth removed and wear removable dentures for six months to a year.  Then implants were placed and you waited another six months or so.  Finally the process of making fixed teeth held in by implants could be started.  This would take another several months.  It was not uncommon for the process to take about two years from start to finish, and it was very expensive.

 

Today, with the proper planning and technology such as TeethXpress, we can often remove teeth, place implants, and make fixed teeth all at the same visit.  You’re sedated and comfortable and leave with a new smile held in by dental implants.  There’s a period of healing and the first set of teeth are temporary for several months, but you are never without fixed teeth; no loose dentures and no big piece of plastic covering the palate. Most patients feel good enough to get back to their normal routine with practically no down time.  A brand new set of teeth in one day! The price tag has also come way down from just a few years ago.

 

Eat healthy, socialize without embarrassment, date again, get that new job.  A new TeethXpress smile with fixed teeth can help get you there!

 

 

Julie C Berger, DDS, MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and prosthodontist specialist. 

 

GettysburgCosmeticDental.com    717-334-0555

Topics: Teeth in a Day, All on Four, Gettysburg

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