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Dentures Versus Implants What Should I Do?  

Do you want to remove all your teeth but don’t know what your options are? If so, you are not alone. That’s why we are going to discuss your options here. Should you opt for dentures or get dental implants? Here’s what you need to know.

Dentures Aren’t Permanent, But They Are Affordable

Dentures are an affordable option if you remove all your teeth. However, dentures are not permanent and, therefore, aren’t truly a replacement for your teeth.

The Downside to Dentures

The problem with dentures is they are not permanently fastened. That means dentures don’t always stay in place and can move and shift. Dentures sometimes make chewing and eating difficult. Additionally, dentures must be removed every night. Dentures only last between 5-10 years. And the worst part about dentures is that missing teeth can cause your jawbone to erode over time.

Dental Implants are Highly Recommended and Here’s Why

Dental implants are highly recommended as a tooth replacement option. Implants are just like having real teeth and because they are inserted into the jaw and fused with the bone, they help prevent jawbone erosion.

Dental Implants Are Now Affordable with This New Option

There is now what’s called an “All on 4” or “All on 6” option for dental implants. This is different from implanting each tooth individually. These All on 4 or 6 options only require implanting four or six of your teeth (depending on what your dentist recommends) on the top and bottom of your jaw. These implants are semi-permanent.

After the implants are set, a permanent denture, usually called an overdenture, is connected to the implants. These look, feel, and act like real teeth. You can eat, sleep, and speak normally with them, and you don’t have to worry about them moving or coming out.

Forget What You Previously Thought About Dental Implants

If you previously thought you couldn’t afford an entire mouth of dental implants, the All on 4 and All on 6 dental implant options make what was previously unaffordable—affordable! And this option comes without all the downsides and complaints that most people have about dentures.

What’s Next?

If you want more information about this affordable new dental implant option, please Contact Michael J. Tupta, DDS, Inc. today for a dental implant consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

4 Hygiene Tips For Denture Wearers

If you wear dentures, you should know that hygiene is just as important now as it was when you had natural teeth. You may even have a combination of natural teeth and a partial denture. It’s crucial that you take care of your denture so that you don’t cause harmful bacteria to build up in your mouth. Here are X hygiene tips for denture wearers.

1. Soak Dentures Overnight

Only if your dentist allows it should you wear your dentures while you sleep. For best hygiene, you should invest in a good quality denture cleaner and soak your dentures overnight. This gives adequate time for the denture cleaner to kill any bacteria on the dentures. Soaking your dentures isn’t just about making them look better; it’s about hygiene.

2. Clean Dentures Before Wearing

You might think that if you soak your dentures overnight, that’s plenty of cleaning. However, the denture cleaner isn’t something you really want in your mouth. For best hygiene, clean your dentures after you take them out of the soaking solution and before you insert them in your mouth. You should always clean your dentures before you wear them, especially if for some reason you didn’t soak them overnight.

3. Use a Soft-Bristled Brush

There are special denture cleaning brushes, but you can substitute with a soft-bristled toothbrush if you don’t have one. Use a special denture cleaner; not regular toothpaste. Your dentist can recommend one for you, or maybe even give you a sample to try.

4. Ask For a Demonstration

If you are new to wearing dentures, ask your dentist for a demonstration as to the proper technique for cleaning your dentures. The manufacturer may even have some literature that you can review to make sure you’re doing it right.

Depending on why you needed to get dentures in the first place, you may not have taken dental hygiene seriously in the past. You should realize that being lax about taking care of your dentures can have harmful effects on your gums and oral health, just as if you were taking care of natural teeth. It’s time to get serious about dental health. Use the four tips above to take excellent care of your dentures!