Do you have a tooth or teeth that need to be replaced? If so, you’re probably trying to decide between removable partial dentures and dental implants. If that’s the case, then we’re here to help! Read on to learn the differences between removable partial dentures and dental implants.
What are removable partial dentures?
Unlike dental implants, removable partial dentures do not require the grinding down of the adjacent teeth. However, they are not anywhere near as comfortable or stable. Removable partial dentures are known to affect eating and the ability to speak properly.
Removable partial dentures tend to be cheaper than dental implants, however removable partial dentures do not look as natural as dental implants. What’s more, the bone under removable partial dentures has a tendency to deteriorate over time. This bone loss is often severe enough to change the appearance and shape of your face and smile.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial screw-like tooth roots. They bond directly with a patient’s natural jawbone. In fact, dental implants are the only restorative dental option that preserves natural bone and can even help stimulate natural bone growth. Once the dental implant is in place, it serves as a sturdy base for the artificial tooth. This dental implant procedure is one of the safest (and most predictable) dental surgeries.
Unlike removable partial dentures, dental implants require less care and upkeep, are less embarrassing, and are more comfortable.