Yes, one can get dental implants after having dentures. Dental implants are very much akin to the original teeth of a person. They restore back the smile and manner of eating and talking of a person back to what it was like with the original set of teeth. Dentures do not have so much of this quality. Dentures are easily visible since they alter the facial structure of the patient by a good deal. Also, a bit of danger is involved with dentures since these may accidentally slip out of the mouth of the person if he or she laughs too loudly. Dentures may also crack or break if the patient bites into a food item which is very hard or sticky. This is not so much the case with dental implants.

What other differences are there between dental implants and dentures?

Dental implants are permanent. The titanium screw is drilled into the jawbone. The jawbone grows around the titanium screw, and it gets firmed up in this place within three to four months. A dental cap or crown is placed atop the screw to function as the tooth which the world sees. Dental implants can last the entire duration of the lifetime of a person if they are cared for properly. They need to be shown to the dentist for periodic adjustments now and then. However, a person must exercise good oral hygiene discipline with dental implants. He or she needs to brush his or her teeth at least twice daily and for at least two minutes each time. Also, dental flossing, once a day, should be done on a regular basis.

Dentures need to be replaced after every five to seven years since they may become loose and ill-fitting with time. Also, dentures need to be taken out of the mouth of the patient each night and placed in a jar of the solution containing cleansing liquid into which a cleansing tablet has been added. The dentures are also brushed with this cleansing liquid each night. One can even use soap or a toothpaste meant for this purpose for this activity. Dentures also need to be taken to the dentist after regular intervals for professional cleaning.

What is root canal therapy?

Unlike dentures and dental implants where tooth extraction needs to be done, root canal therapy brings in a restoration of the existing tooth structure. The outermost layer of the tooth is enamel. The one inner to this is dentine, and inner to this as well is the pulp cavity. This is made up of cellular matter, nerves and blood vessels. During root canal therapy or endodontic treatment, this matter is cleared up from the dental cavity. A substance like gutta-percha is inserted into this cavity which is then cemented away from outside environs. A dental cap or crown is placed atop the existing tooth structure to give it more strength and support.
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