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3 Important Differences between Dental Implants and Dentures

April 4, 2019
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Posted By: Dr. Stephen Kao
Dental Implants | West Main Complete Dentistry | Rockaway, NJ

Two of the most popular tooth replacement options in Rockaway, NJ are dental implants and dentures. You already know about dentures; they’ve provided millions of people with years of use and are still an excellent choice in many cases.

Recently, dental implants have become more well-known because dentists and patients are discovering the many benefits they offer. There are three significant differences between implants and dentures that you should be aware of before deciding which is right for you.

1: Most Like a Natural Tooth

Dentures are designed to rest on your gums, so they solve the aesthetic problem of tooth loss and restore some chewing function.

But the foundation of a dental implant is a tiny titanium post that’s placed surgically in your jaw.

Titanium is biocompatible, so the body accepts it readily. As the post heals in your jaw, it integrates fully with the bone and tissue that surrounds it and functions in the same way as a natural tooth root.

2: Prevents Bone Loss in the Jaw

Aside from inconvenience and discomfort, a common problem associated with tooth loss is the breakdown of bone in your jaw. With no tooth root, there’s nothing to promote bone regeneration.

However, once an implant heals in your jaw, it acts as a replacement root and stimulates healthy bone growth, which keeps the jaw healthy and intact.

3: Comfortable to Wear

It’s no secret that dentures are notoriously difficult to wear. Since lower dentures are less stable, they tend to move and shift while you eat, speak, and laugh, and in some cases have been known to fall out altogether.

However, an implant that’s placed in the jawbone becomes just as stable as a natural tooth root. Your dental implants dentist can also secure your dentures in place with implants placed at certain points along your jaw.

Dentures or Dental Implants? Let Us Help You Decide?

If you are considering dental implants in Rockaway, NJ and would like to learn more about the benefits, please call Dr. Stephen Kao at West Main Complete Dentistry to arrange a commitment-free consultation.

We look forward to helping you enjoy a whole and happy smile that you’re proud to show off!

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