Dental Implants vs Dentures

If you are considering getting dentures or dental implants in Pensacola but just aren’t sure what the difference is between the two, this article will help clarify!

It’s important to note that dental implants are routinely used to stabilize the jaw and gums in order to fit dentures afterward. In fact, this is one of the best uses for dental implants! Your reasons for considering dental implants and/or dentures – whether for cosmetic reasons only or out of necessity – will also play a role in helping to determine what is best for your particular situation.

What to Know About Dentures

Dentures are a set of false teeth that are created for an individual and attached to a mouthpiece. The mouthpiece then sticks to the gums using a denture paste. When dentures were first created, they were made of ivory and bone, somewhat unnatural in appearance, and often uncomfortable. However, today’s dentures are composed of much stronger materials and are rarely noticeable as being false teeth.

While dentures are typically an affordable solution, they do have some disadvantages for some people:

  • Dentures can take some time to get used to. They can sometimes move around or shift when the individual wearing them eats or talks, and this can be uncomfortable and frustrating. Additionally, for the first few months, you’ll have to get used to talking with them!
  • During the first few weeks of using new dentures, you’ll need to eat mostly soft foods.
  • Rarely, dentures can cause damage to existing teeth or gums, causing tooth decay. This is a strong reason to choose a dentist that has experience with fitting and maintaining dentures for their patients. Here at Sorrento Dental, Dr. Campus has years of experience, and thousands of happy patients!

What to Know About Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in your mouth and fused to your jaw bone, essentially replacing the natural teeth that were there, or acting as a foundation for other dental work, such as crowns, bridges and dentures. While most patients are candidates for dental implants, they can only be implanted into healthy and strong bone.

More and more dentists are using dental implants because of the fact that they can be used to place anywhere from a full set of teeth to only one or two teeth, depending on the patient’s need. The success rate of dental implants in patients is well over 99%, meaning they are not only a great long-term dental solution, but they are also safe and incredibly reliably.

We specialize in both full and mini dental implants. If you would like more information, or are interested in either dental implants or dentures in Pensacola, please call us today at (850) 492-7647. We’re here to help!