If you’re ready to upgrade your smile, now may be the time to stop by my dental office in Palm Harbor, FL, and ask me – Dr. Paul Caputo – about dentures or dental implants. Although we love to provide implants most of all, each of these options has its own ups and downs, and it’s important for you to make your own informed decision. So here are the basic comparisons between dentures and dental implants, to help you start your research.
Dentures: Gentle but Slippery
One of the reasons we love to provide dental implants is that they don’t come loose – but depending on the condition of your gums and teeth, dentures may be a safer option sometimes. That’s because unlike dental implants, dentures aren’t actually screwed into your gums – they’re just attached with a glue-like adhesive. A downside of this is that dentures can slip out of place while you’re eating or talking, which can be pretty embarrassing. On the other hand, though, if your gums are weak, unhealthy, or just extra-sensitive, the risk of embarrassment may be worth the lack of irritation.
Dental Implants: Strong but (Sometimes) Sensitive
While dentures can slip out of place, that’s never a risk with dental implants, because they’re mechanically attached to your gums. They look, feel, and behave almost exactly like your natural teeth – in fact, you can even brush them. With regular brushing and flossing, a good dental implant can last a decade or more – sometimes as long as 20 years – before it needs to be replaced. Dental implants are also a good choice for you if you only want to replace a few teeth, since they can easily be fitted to the shape of your natural teeth. Still, certain types of dental implants can irritate some people’s gums – and they may not be practical if you want to replace large numbers of teeth.
As you can see, dentures and dental implants are each best suited for certain types of situations. For many people, a dental implant is an ideal solution. How much are dental implants? Although the cost of dental implants can be a bit higher than that of dentures, they’re often worth it in terms of confidence and security. If you’re in Palm Harbor, FL, and you’re interested in a dental implant procedure, stop by my office, and I – Dr. Paul Caputo – and my staff will talk with you about the affordable dental implants that best suit your situation.
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