If you are missing some or all of your teeth, there are typically two ADA approved options when they visit the Northbrook dental office of Dr. Kacel, dentures or implants. Each option has its pros and cons and the best way to make the right choice is by knowing the difference between the two.
One common option is dentures, which are molded to fit your mouth and are held in place by suction and an adhesive. They are typically removed each day before bedtime and soaked overnight for cleaning. Although they may never quite have the feel of your natural teeth, some people appreciate the ability to remove the dentures and clean them. People whose jaws are too weak to support implants are good candidates for dentures. A set of dentures generally lasts around five years and will eventually need to be replaced.
On the other hand, implants consist of a titanium post covered by a porcelain crown. The jawbone grows and connects to the post and mimics the roots of your natural teeth. Implants are more able to effectively mimic the feel of natural teeth when you talk, eat, and chew. Implants are meant to last a lifetime although eventually the crown may need to be replaced by Dr. Kacel your dentist in Northbrook, IL. Implants last longer and feel more natural, but they are more expensive than dentures.
Ultimately, the choice between implants and dentures is a personal one that depends upon factors like your lifestyle, your budget, and your health. Consulting with Dr. Kacel your dentist in Northbrook will help you decide which option is best for you.
If you have any other questions about replacing missing teeth or any other aspects of oral health, reach out to Steven Kacel, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.D.I. and his friendly staff will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (847) 457-0400 to make an appointment today.