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Are implants better than dentures?

There are pros and cons many older people are choosing implants over dentures as a replacement for lost teeth. One reason may be because wearing dentures can cause you to look older. Wrinkles may form around the mouth and lips because the bone that once supported the teeth has resorbed.  With implants  the bone that supports the new implant will not deteriorate because it is being actively used. Implants are typically much more expensive than dentures. Your dentist or periodontist can discuss the costs, risks, and benefits of both.

Because dental implants fuse with a person's own jawbone, they can offer a more firm support to man-made teeth. They also keep dentures, bridges or single teeth mounted so they don't slip or shift in your mouth. For some, dental implants help man-made teeth (dentures) feel more natural.

No single dental treatment is better than another. If you have any questions about which dental treatments are best for you, talk to your dentist.

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