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Dental Implants vs Dentures: Which Is Right for You?

June 29, 2022
Posted By: Quality Dental Care of Lakeland
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There are many tooth replacement options available today. In years past, tooth replacements looked and felt bulky and fake. However, modern tooth replacements are more realistic and comfortable than ever. At Quality Dental Care of Lakeland, we provide patients with custom-made dental implants and dentures

Dental implants and dentures replace missing teeth and restore your dental function and appearance. But they have significant differences in their benefits, placements, and overall care. Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Vernon Smith, DMD and our dental team to determine whether dental implants or dentures are right for you. Your Lakeland dentist, Dr. Vernon Smith, can assess your oral health, review your medical history, and create a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs.  

In the meantime, here’s what you should know about dental implants vs. dentures. 

Dental Implants

Dental implants permanently replace a missing tooth, from the root to the crown. Your dentist surgically places the implant into the jaw, and the jaw integrates with the implant through a process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes and secures the implant, so it becomes a part of your mouth’s anatomy. When the jaws and gums heal, we top the implant with an artificial tooth or set of teeth. 

Dental implants are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. They are permanent and non-removable so they are reliable and never shift or slip in the mouth. They restore your bite, promote jawbone health, reduce bone loss, and support your facial muscles, so you look younger. Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, and they don’t require special care––just excellent oral hygiene and habits as usual. 

Full, Partial, and Implant-Supported Dentures

There are many types of dentures, but the two main types are complete (full) and partial dentures. Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth, while partials replace a few missing teeth. Dentures usually are removable, and they sit on top of the gums. Some dentures suction to the gums naturally, while others require denture adhesive to stay in place. Dentures must be carefully handled and cleaned, so they don’t break or irritate your mouth. 

Our Lakeland dental office also offers implant-supported dentures, which replace several teeth at once. As the name implies, these dentures are supported by dental implants surgically placed in the jaw. 

Custom-Made Dentures and Dental Implants in Lakeland, FL

Quality Dental Care of Lakeland wants you to have the healthiest, most attractive smile possible. Whether you have one missing tooth or several, Dr. Smith can help you reclaim your oral health and confidence with high-quality dentures or dental implants. Please get in touch with us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Smith at our Lakeland dental office. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Quality Dental Care! 

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