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Dental implants or dentures?

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Both being very popular in regard to filling a gap in your teeth, with one being more permanent than the other, you’re probably wondering what the differences are between dental implants and dentures and which one is best suited to you? Here at Viva Dental in Lancaster, we provide the option for either treatment or hope to help you make a decision by listing which one is best for you below.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth and fit into your jawbone using a titanium screw (or series of, depending on your individual treatment needs) and a tooth shaped crown is placed on top to close the gap in your teeth. Because the titanium root fuses with your jawbone, a well-kept implant could last you up to a lifetime.

What are dentures?

Dentures on the other hand are removable and temporary tooth replacement devices also known as ‘false teeth’ that are worn over your gums for more cosmetically pleasing smile, They may need to be secured with denture glue on the roof of your mouth, and they must be taken out every night to soak before they are replaced in your mouth the next day.

The drawbacks of having dentures

Permanent tooth replacement has been regarded as the better option rather than temporary. Dentures have many drawbacks that can lead to some wearers becoming increasingly frustrated with them, including the often messy and distasteful feeling of denture glue. It is also reported that due to the adhesive not performing as well as it should, dentures can also slip and dislodge when eating, talking and laughing which can create embarrassing moments if you’re unprepared for their unannounced fall outs.

Effects on your dental health

Dental implants have more benefits to your dental health than dentures do because of their permanent fixation. With them being fixed in your jawbone, this enables the bone to be encouraged to stay strong, aligned and alive in order to support the replacement tooth or teeth. Dentures, however, simply act as a cover over the gums therefore provide no stability to the jawbone, which can lead to bone resorption. In some cases, bone work may need to be performed before dental implants are fitted purely because the patient has used dentures for a while before the treatment, causing the bone to be too weak for procedure.

Where do we go from here?

If you have read the above and are still confused at which one suits you then fear not. Dental implants and dentures can be combined to form implant retained dentures, meaning that a denture can be fitted with a series of titanium roots placed within the jawbone. This enables you to have the best of both worlds which will give you the health benefits and the aesthetic benefits all in one.

We understand the topic of dentures or implants can make you feel hesitant, but at Viva Dental in Lancashire we’d be more than happy to help in consulting you with the best option for you. Get in touch today to book your appointment.

How our dental practice supports you

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It’s really important that you have healthcare professionals in your life that you feel you can trust, otherwise you may not feel comfortable visiting them and ignore the signs that something is wrong. As a team of empathetic dentists and dental hygienists, we want you to feel comfortable at our dental practice, which is why we’ve created plans and services to best support our patients, whatever their needs may be.

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Dental health tips from your dentist

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Did you know there is a method, a technique, to brushing your teeth? Well, if you didn’t then now you do! We’re going to be sharing with you some seemingly mundane facts that could actually transform your dental health and how you brush your teeth. Implement these steps, and you could enjoy much healthier teeth. Here are some tops tips from dentist for your teeth cleaning routine!

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Loose adult teeth: advice from your dentist

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As a child, there was nothing more exciting than a loose tooth. A loose tooth meant the prospect of it falling out shortly so that you may place it under the pillow, try desperately to fall asleep, and wake up to a shiny coin from the tooth fairy in the morning! What’s better than that? Sadly, loose adult teeth herald much more worry, frustration, and panic than a wobbly child’s tooth, as this means there could be something amiss. With no tooth waiting in the wings to take the place of the loose tooth, you’re risking a gap in your smile. Let’s explore some of the reasons a loose adult tooth could develop and what your dentist and dental hygienist can do to help you.

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What your dentist wants you to know about smoking

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Smoking is incredibly common in the UK. It’s estimated that around 9.4 million adults in the UK smoke, but we’re willing to bet that not all of these people realise what it’s doing to their dental health. Our dentist in Lancaster wants to shed some light on what smoking could be doing to your health.

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When were dental implants invented?

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Like all good dental treatment, dental implants have been a long road of discovery and refinement. Before you could find reliable and permanent tooth implants in Lancaster, you could find them miles away in different countries and in much more different forms… They weren’t always the relatively risk-free and comfortable procedure they are now! When were dental implants invented, and when was the first tooth implant ever recorded?

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Why children’s dental care is so important

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You might think because milk teeth fall out and are replaced by adult teeth that their dental care isn’t vitally important. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Children’s dental care is so important to learning valuable life lessons, preventing health issues, and ensuring an easy transition into growing up.

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How to achieve white teeth this Christmas

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The cameras are out at Christmas time! Family get-togethers, work parties, and catch-ups with old friends means that numerous selfies and group photos will have you grinning from ear to ear. However, if you don’t feel confident in your teeth then these photo ops can be worrisome. What if your teeth look yellow, or gappy, or just unpleasant? We’re going to share with you our top tips on how to get white teeth this Christmas! 

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The health benefits of dental implants

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Dental implants replace missing teeth – this much we all know. They’re strong, they’re sturdy, and they blend into your smile effortlessly. They can seem like a big investment to some people both financially and in treatment time, so what other benefits do they have outside of simply looking good? While this is enough for some, there are also plenty of health benefits to having dental implants placed.

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