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Removable Dentures vs. Dental Implants

Many adults in Calgary live with missing teeth. But there's no need to go through life that way. Dentures and dental implants are common alternatives for missing teeth and can recreate the healthy-looking, youthful smile you once enjoyed.

If you're trying to determine whether dentures or dental implants are right for you, and you live in Calgary, we can help you become better acquainted with each option.

What are removable dentures?
Removable dentures are false teeth that replace the bottom or top arch of your mouth. You can take them out and put them in at your leisure. They're frequently the answer when needing multiple teeth replaced, but they're not for everyone.

You must take them out to clean them and leave them out at night, giving your face a sunken look. Teeth help support the jaw and, over time, the lack of anchored teeth causes the jawbone to deteriorate.

They may also interfere with day-to-day activities such as eating, drinking and smiling. They sometimes slip or make clicking noises when you laugh, talk, kiss, yawn, sneeze or cough, calling for frequent readjustment. Since dentures have only 10-15 percent of the biting power of natural teeth, you must also avoid eating certain foods.

If your gum line or jawbone is not in good condition though, removable dentures may not be the best alternative. Check with your Calgary dentist.

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium posts that are surgically anchored into your jawbone and then topped with a natural-looking replacement tooth. They feel and function just like regular teeth. They don't move, slip or click. You can eat whatever you want and, if you take good care of them, they can last 20 years or more without needing replacement.

Dental implants are the only alternative that stimulates and preserves natural bone and helps prevent future bone loss. With other alternatives your jawbone will begin to deteriorate. That will eventually change the look of your face and the strength and firmness of your jaw line.

Dental implants are most suitable for patients needing to replace just one or two teeth, but can be used in combination with bridges or dentures to make them more secure. To receive dental implants patients must already have strong jawbones and healthy gum lines.

For a free consultation on getting dental implants in Calgary or to find out if dentures are a better option for you contact us today.
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