Tooth loss happens to many Americans, especially as we age and experience tooth decay, infection, or injury. Missing teeth can be embarrassing, and they can make it hard to eat or speak properly. At The Smile Shop in Durham, NC, we are here to restore your confidence and health.
There are several options to restoring your smile, including dentures and dental implants. For many patients, dentures are the best option for a variety of reasons.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures in Durham are prosthetic devices that act as a set of false teeth that replace missing teeth. They are supported by the hard and soft tissues in your mouth. Traditionally, dentures are removable; however, different denture designs can be immovable and anchored with dental implants.
For many years this was the only option for people to restore tooth loss; modern dental materials and technology have allowed dentists to craft natural-looking, durable, and reliable dentures.
Full dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth, while partial dentures are available if some teeth are remaining.
Dental implants are a modern approach to missing teeth. They replace the tooth root and anchor to the jaw bone, which allows them to replace the missing tooth. Implants are a permanent and long-term solution.
They do not require a special cleaning routine or use of adhesives in order to keep maintained. Dental implants require the same care your existing teeth do and can last for many years.
Benefits of Dentures Over Dental Implants
There are many benefits related to dentures that keep patients choosing them over implants. If you have a weak jaw or gums, you may not have enough bone to support a dental implant. Dentures do not require a lot of bone or gumline the way that implants do; you simply slip them over your palate. Modern dental technology has allowed dentures to look natural, so you don't have to worry about people noticing them when you smile or talk.
The most significant benefit to dentures is overall costs; dentures are less expensive than implants. It is essential to keep in mind that they may have to be replaced as your jawline shifts.
Dentures Might Be Your Best Option
General dentists, Drs. Kate Dolin and Adam Spriggs, are here to guide you through your decision process. Patient education is highly valued; we are available at any time to answer any questions or concerns.
Your first step in restoring your missing teeth is to give your Durham dentist office a call and schedule a dental check-up and exam. Together, we can over your options and determine which is the best one for you.