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You’ve had severe decay or an injury that caused the loss of a tooth. What now? Missing teeth can make simple things like eating and speaking difficult. The gap in your smile can even cause embarrassment. Your dentist may suggest dental implants or dentures. Dental implants are made up of a titanium implant post and a dental restoration. The implant post is surgically placed in the jawbone and the restoration is attached to the post. A denture is a removable appliance that replaces most or all of the teeth. Each restoration has its benefits.

Common Benefits
Both dentures and dental implants will enhance and restore the appearance of your smile. Not only will missing teeth be restored, but your face shape will be maintained. Because they give you back your smile, dentures and implants will improve your self-esteem and confidence. Dentures and implants are both made to look like your natural teeth. Dentures and dental implants are each custom made to your smile, so they provide comfort and optimal fit.

Where Dental Implants Shine
Dental implants are designed to fuse with your jawbone. Because of this, they become a permanent part of your smile. This makes them convenient in a way that dentures are not. Dentures are removable. They have to be removed daily for cleaning. You can brush your dental implants just like you would natural teeth. Dental implants are more comfortable than dentures because they feel natural. With dentures, you need adhesives to keep them in place. However, dental implants are a part of your smile. They also function like your natural teeth. While dentures may slip, making it harder to eat and speak properly, dental implants make it easy to speak and to eat all of your favorite foods easily.

Please contact your family dentist to learn more about dentures and dental implants and how they can restore your smile.