Dentures or Dental Implants: What Is Right For Me
By Santa Rosa Dental Care
September 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures   dental implants  

There are two main options for patients who have missing teeth and want to replace them: dentures or dental implants. While these two treatments have a similar purpose, they are very different for a number of reasons. Discuss dentures and dental implants with a dentist at Santa Rosa Dental Care to decide which is the right choice for your particular case.Dentures

Option 1: Partial Dentures
When patients want a cosmetic solution to a missing tooth, a common choice is a partial denture. A partial denture is a replacement tooth that sits on top of the gumline with a snug fit. It is usually designed to hook onto adjacent teeth. A denture is removable and temporary. While it does a good job of giving you a good-looking replacement tooth, some patients complain that dentures can be uncomfortable. 

Option 2: Dental Implants
Dental implants are screw-shaped devices that are designed to be inserted into the jaw. After some time (usually two or more months) the implant becomes one with the jaw through a process called osseointegration. Your Santa Rosa dentist will design a custom crown to fit on top of the implant, giving you a brand new tooth. The replacement is indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth—you can smile, talk and eat with confidence, knowing that the implant is firmly rooted.

Which Is the Right Choice for You?
If you have had a missing tooth for a long time, dentures may be the right choice for you. But if you have enough healthy bone tissue to support a dental implant, that should be your first choice. It gives you a permanent replacement that will last for 20 years or longer and it also helps keep the bone tissue viable. If you have a row of missing teeth, a full denture appliance can also be created with two or more dental implants.

Talk to Your Dentist
A conversation with a dentist at Santa Rosa Dental Care will help you decide if dental implants or dentures will be the right choice for you. Call the office at (707) 921-1970 today to schedule a consultation.