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Dentures vs. Dental Implants: What’s the Difference?

The dentures versus dental implants topic is one as old as time itself. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 120 million people in the country have at least one missing tooth. There are also more than 36 million Americans who do not have any teeth. All of which begs the question: what’s the difference between dentures vs. dental implants?

Keep reading to learn the difference and to see how SmilesNY can help!

Dentures

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Dentures are also known as false teeth. They are prosthetic devices that are made to replace missing teeth. You might be wondering how it stays in the mouth. Dentures are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.

  • Advantages of Dentures

Dentures help improve the chewing ability of a person. They also help with pronunciation, especially when it comes to pronouncing words with sibilants or fricatives.

Dentures help improve the appearance of the face because they provide support to the lips and cheeks. They also help correct the collapsed appearance that comes from losing teeth. Finally, dentures help boost self-esteem due to improving your overall aesthetics and speech.

  • Denture Maintenance

It is recommended that dentures be cleaned on a daily basis. Similar to natural teeth, plaque and tartar can build up on dentures and cleaning them daily help to avoid this. It is also important to note that dentures should not be worn continuously and should be removed during sleep. This way, you’re giving your tissue a chance to recover and avoid possible fungal infection.

Smokers should remove their dentures when smoking. The heat can damage the acrylic, which may result in burnt soft tissue.

Dental Implants

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Dental implants are surgical fixtures that connect with the bone of the jaw or skull, which will then support a dental prosthesis. A crown, bridge, or denture are just some of the dental prosthesis that can be attached to a dental implant.

Nowadays, dental implants undergo a biological process called osseointegration. This is the process in which an artificial implant, such as titanium, forms a connection with a living bone.

In a dental implant procedure, the implant is attached first. Once osseointegration is complete, the dental prosthetic is then added. The implementation of the dental prosthetic depends on the healing time of the person.

  • Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants function like your own teeth. Because of this, it’s easier to eat and speak, plus they’re more comfortable to wear compared to removable dentures. Dental implants are also known to last a long time. Did you know that with proper care, they can even last a lifetime? Finally, dental implants are convenient because you won’t need to take them out of your mouth.

  • Maintenance of Dental Implants

Similar to natural teeth, dental implants need to be cleaned with a Teflon instrument to remove any plaque. Flossing should also be done with care because of the unpredictable blood supply to the gums.

Expect discoloration especially on the porcelain of crowns. You will also need to replace connections every couple of years. However, this is dependent on the type of attachment that was done. In some cases, a powered irrigator may be used for cleaning around implants.

Still can’t decide on whether to get dentures or dental implants? Then schedule your complimentary consultation with SmilesNY today.

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Can Your Dental Implants Become Infected?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth and, just like natural teeth, they can become infected if neglected. The most common implant infection is peri-implantitis. This gum disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding a dental implant. So, how else and why can your dental implants become infected?

What Causes Peri-implantitis?

Dental implant infection can be a result of the following:

  • Bad oral hygiene
  • Bite misalignment
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Diabetes
  • Compromised immune system
  • Involuntary or habitual teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Poor quality of implant material
  • Allergic reaction to the dental implant

A dental implant infection can present itself right after implant, or it could be months or years later. If left untreated, peri-implantitis can progress to bone loss and implant failure.

What are the Symptoms of Dental Implant Infection?

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To check if your dental implants are infected, look for the following signs:

  1. Loose or wobbly implant

If your dentist did not use titanium, then your dental implant is most likely made of lesser quality. This can lead to potential infection problems. If your implant is wobbly or loose and feels like it’s going to fall out, it needs to be replaced before infection sets in.

  1. Red or swollen gums

If the gums around the implant are red and swollen, it could be an indication of dental implant infection.

  1. Bad breath and icky taste

Dental implant infection is often characterized by bad breath and a horrible taste. If the bad smell does not go away after brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash, or if you suddenly taste something icky, your dental implant might be infected.

  1. Fever and throbbing pain

Fever is always a sign of infection. Most bacterial infections are accompanied by fever as your body tries to fight it off. It is also common to experience throbbing pain in the implant area.

  1. Bleeding

Many people experience bleeding around the gums and implant area when brushing. If your gums easily bleed with the slightest probe, however, it could be a cause for concern.

  1. Nasty discharge

Like a fever, the presence of pus is always an indicator of infection. If you notice a nasty discharge around the gums or implant area, your dental implant is most likely infected.

  1. Difficulty chewing

Titanium implants are sturdy and easily blend into your gum line and jawbone so you can chew as you would with natural teeth. Implants that are made of poor quality material might give you trouble chewing even if it is not infected.

How to Diagnose an Infected Dental Implant

Your dentist should be able to diagnose dental implant infection through the following methods:

  • Take a dental x-ray of the implant
  • Probe around the implant to check for inflammation

Early detection is absolutely necessary in order to save an infected implant. Sometimes pain does not manifest right away so patients are not aware that an implant is infected until it is too late.

How to Treat a Dental Implant Infection

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Treatment options depend on the level of infection. These may include:

  • Special mouth rinses
  • Antibiotics
  • Surgery
  • Laser therapy with surface decontamination
  • Mechanical debridement
  • Antimicrobial therapy

The first step in treating a dental implant infection is to thoroughly clean the surface of the implant. Next is to disinfect the area. If the bone loss around the dental implant is between 2mm and 4mm, antibiotics should take care of the problem. In more serious cases where bone loss is severe, surgical intervention may be required as a fourth step.

An infected dental implant can lead to more serious health issues such as damage to the heart and other body organs. The earlier an infection is diagnosed and treated, the better the chances of saving it.

Visit Your NY Dentist Regularly

If you have dental implants, be sure to visit your dentist every six months. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, contact Smiles NY at (888) 353-7165 immediately!

Importance Of Dental Care During Pregnancy Discussed.

Pregnancy Magazine (11/23) discussed the importance of ensuring good oral health during pregnancy, stating that pregnancy may cause oral health changes, such as gingivitis and swollen areas between the teeth. The article encourages moms-to-be to “never skip a teeth cleaning” and practice good oral hygiene.

MouthHealthy.org offers additional information on pregnancy and oral health.

Permanent teeth for Turkey Day with dental implants in NYC!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s the season to gather with family and friends, reflect on the loved ones and good fortune in your life, and consume platefuls of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce! Tooth, jaw pain or missing teeth, however, can make you feel less than thankful toward this year’s feast if eating is difficult and unenjoyable.  Visit our cosmetic dentist in New York to discuss the many restorative options available at SmilesNY to improve the health and appearance of your smile. Thanksgiving isn’t complete without sinking your teeth into that gravy-soaked gobbler.

Dental implants in NYC is a permanent restoration option which relieves unnecessary stress on surrounding teeth. Partial dentures and bridges, while effective restoration options, inconveniently rely on adjacent teeth to support the fixture. Dental implants, on the other hand, are supported by the density of your own jawbone. Meet with a cosmetic dentist at our New York location to discuss whether your jaw bone can sufficiently hold a dental implant! Even if you’re not a perfect candidate, SmilesNY offers bone grafting and sinus lift improve jaw bone density before your dental implant procedure.

Maintaining the health of your smile is integral to maintaining a healthy life. Although prevention is the best kind of dental maintenance, seeking treatment for decaying or missing teeth is necessary to prevent tooth and jaw pain, reduce the risk of tooth shifting, gum disease, and the loss of bone density. Check out Dr. Chase as he discusses dental maintenance on The Balancing Act!

Dental Implants NYC—The Balancing Act

Give thanks to the health and beauty of your smile this Turkey Day and consider dental implants in NYC! Dr. Chase, Dr. Roth, Dr. Jackier, Dr. Loshak, and their staff look forward to discussing any questions you may have about dental implants in NYC and the many restorative treatments we provide. You can contact us at our New York office at 212.752.6537, or you may request an appointment online for a personal consultation at SmilesNY.