Dental implants are different from dentures in many ways. First and foremost, they are permanent. Since the implant is drilled into the jawbone, it stays there permanently. This is not so the case with dentures. These need to be removed each night and placed in a jar of cleansing solution into which a cleansing tablet has been added. Also, the dentures are brushed with this cleansing solution or with soap or even with a toothpaste meant for this purpose.
Also, dental implants can last the entire duration of the lifetime of a person. This is not how dentures function. These need to be changed after every five to seven years since they may become loose or ill-fitting. Dental implants only require a periodic readjustment now and then. Dentures too need to be shown to the dentist on a regular basis for professional cleaning and other related work as well.
Dental implants are of the kind which brings back the person’s smile to almost the same as what it was before the treatment was done – i.e., the person gets his or her original smile back. With dentures, this does not happen. Dentures can easily be spotted in the patient’s mouth, whereas this does not happen with dental implants which are more natural-looking. Also, there is a bit of danger with dentures since they may accidentally slip out of the mouth of the patient if he or she laughs too loudly. This is not likely to ever happen with dental implants. Also, there is not much chance of the dental implant breaking up or snapping into two or more pieces if one chews on a food item which is very hard or sticky. This is a probability which may occur with dentures.
What kind of care is needed with dentures and dental implants?
However, the real point to be noted is that with both dental implants as well as dentures, one needs to take full care and precaution so that they stay in good shape. Dental implants are titanium screws which are drilled into the jawbone. The bone grows around the titanium screw naturally and within three to four months the implant becomes firm in its place. A dental cap or crown may be placed atop the titanium screw to function as the tooth which the world sees. After the implant process is over and one starts using the new teeth, the patient must take a lot of care to ensure that he or she maintains very strict rules for dental hygiene. He or she must make it a point to brush his or her teeth twice daily and for at least two minutes each time. Also, regular dental flossing, once a day, is highly recommended. With dentures too, it is necessary to keep them in spick and span condition all the time to ensure that there is no plaque build-up.
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