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Dentures Versus Implants: Which is Right for You?

No one wants to walk around with missing teeth if they can help it. If you do lose a tooth from tooth decay or an accident, David Jin, DDS, and our expert team at A Beautiful Smile Dentistry in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and Boston, Massachusetts, can help you. We offer dentures and dental implants in our state-of-the-art offices. Learn more about both options and discuss your dental needs with Dr. Jin. 

What are dentures?

Dentures are a prosthetic device that covers missing teeth. Some people have full dentures, which means they replace all their natural teeth. Other people have partial dentures, which means they still have some natural teeth left. In this case, the dentures are secured to the existing teeth, giving a more natural look.

Immediate dentures can cover up missing teeth right away. That’s good news if a tooth gets knocked out while playing sports or if you have some other injury. They can also be used after you have teeth removed. As your mouth heals over time, the fit of these dentures needs to be adjusted.

Do they feel funny?

It may take a few weeks to get used to how they feel. They may feel loose, you may have more saliva than usual, and you may have trouble forming some words. You may also need to eat softer foods and cut your food up smaller as you adjust to your new bite. Don’t worry, these things will all get better in time. 

Do they hurt?

Dentures shouldn’t hurt, but you may be uncomfortable if they don’t fit right. Let us know so we can adjust them for you. 

How do I care for dentures?

Dentures should be cared for just like your normal teeth. In order to maintain an optimal oral hygiene, dentures need to be removed and cleaned minimally twice daily. Furthermore, dentures should also be soaked in a denture cleanser on a weekly basis. Brush them as you’d brush your teeth, but with a soft-bristled denture brush. Be sure to clean your mouth, gums, and tongue twice a day to remove bacteria and to keep your breath fresh. Mouthwash will help too. If you use an adhesive to hold them in place, follow the instructions carefully. 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are as close to real teeth as you can get. They look like real teeth and are evenly matched to the color of your remaining teeth. More importantly, they work just like your real teeth. You can smile, laugh, talk, sing, and eat as you always did. You can have confidence they won’t fall out. 

What to expect with dental implants

A titanium rod, also called the post, is implanted into your jawbone where it bonds with your bone naturally over time. This makes it sturdy and helps support your jaw and other teeth for the rest of your life. A permanent, custom-made crown is attached to the post, giving you a picture-perfect smile once again.

Does it hurt?

We use local anesthesia to numb the area so you shouldn’t feel any pain. You might be sore for a little while after the procedure. If so, over-the-counter pain relievers would provide relief.

How long does it take?

While the surgical placement of implants takes less than an hour. Healing of dental implants is a multi-step process that can take a few months or even a year. It all depends on how healthy your gums and jawbone are, and how fast the crowns are made.

How to care for dental implants

Care for dental implants as you care for the rest of your teeth. That means regular brushing, flossing, rinsing with mouthwash, and getting your teeth cleaned at least twice a year.

How do I know which one is right for me? 

Dr. Jin and his team of doctors will review your dental health history and let you know if dentures or dental implants are recommended for you. While Dental implants are applicable to most patients, smokers or those with serious health conditions like diabetes or heart disease do require special attention or longer treatment process. Let Dr. Jin know your questions and concerns so he can help you decide which option is best.

Considerations

Generally speaking, dental implants cost more than dentures. We have specials that offset the cost for those who qualify.

If you need dentures or dental implants, make an appointment to see Dr. Jin by calling 201-208-2027 or use our convenient online booking tool.

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