Courtesy of Vicky Hyde [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Many dental patients might one day need to make the choice between dentures and implants. The decision will depend on several factors. Among them are the costs, how much commitment the patient is willing to give to his or her oral health and the amount of physical comfort he or she requires.
Dentures can be full or partial, which means they can replace some or all of the patient’s natural teeth. Dentures can also be removed and can be made of plastic, metal or porcelain. Some dentures are conventional and others are immediate. The immediate dentures are given to the patient on the same day his or her teeth are pulled. Their purpose is to protect the patient’s mouth while the conventional dentures are created. The conventional dentures should be ready in two to three months after the teeth have been extracted and the patient’s gums have healed.
A patient who wants dentures will need to make at least five trips to the dentist to make sure the dentures are a good fit. Afterwards, the dentures might be uncomfortable for a short period of time. They will need to be taken out every day and brushed. They’ll need to be soaked in water or a cleanser when they’re not being worn.
A person who wears dentures will need to visit his or her dentist regularly to make sure that the dentures still fit. Since the shape of a person’s jaw changes as they age, the dentures may need to be adjusted.
Implants are crowns placed on posts implanted in the jaw and so are supposed to be at least semi-permanent. An implant can last for a decade or longer if it’s properly cared for. However, getting implants requires an investment of time as well as money on the part of the dental patient. When the dentist implants the post the jawbone will need to fuse with it, a process that can takes months. In the meantime, the patient will need to take special care of the area, which might be covered by a temporary crown. When the post is finally fused to the bone, the permanent crown will then be fitted onto it. Nowadays, technology has advanced to the point where the crown can be fashioned to match the rest of the patient’s natural teeth. After the crown is placed on the post, the patient will need to care for it the way he or she cares for the other teeth.
Dental implants are quite expensive and cost considerably more than dentures. However, there are some medical insurance policies that can cover the cost, or the patient can work out a payment schedule with his or her dentist.
For more information about dentures and implants, contact www.marketheightsfamilydental.com. Vicky Hyde is a freelance writer and culinary aficionado. In her free time she enjoys mountain biking and playing guitar.