February 24, 2011

Partial Dentures vs. Implants? Chew on that one.

For those of you who remember the famous Spy vs. Spy comic books, dentures vs. implants may seem to be different sides of the same coin, but the truth is the choice is easier than you might think. Check out the Q&A below.

Q. I am thinking of getting dental implants to replace the removable partial denture I now have.  I can hardly chew with it, and food always gets stuck under it.  I think implants will be a great investment in my health.  How long does an implant last?

A. You can feel that you’re making a very sound investment.  Implants have remained in patients’ mouths for as long as 30 years.  With the proper preventive maintenance program, you can ensure the long-term success of your implants.  The implants should last a lifetime with your proper daily maintenance and regular maintenance scheduled with us for hygiene and exams.  Periodically, the teeth that are supported by your implants may need to be replaced.  The timing varies with the dental materials used.

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