So you are considering dentures but you’ve heard about implants. What’s the difference and what do you need to know to make a well-informed decision? First things first. What exactly is a denture and what is a dental implant? A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available -- complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A dental implant, however, is an artificial root that is gently inserted into your jawbone and a crown then can be placed on it to replace a single tooth. When more than one tooth is being replaced, the implants can act as supports for a bridge to replace all your teeth. Why It’s Important to Act Now Unfortunately, if you are thinking about dental implants, time may not be on your side. You see, every time you chew, the bone underneath the teeth is stimulated. Where teeth are missing, the underlying bone will lack this stimulation and bone mass deterioration may result. If you wait too long to get implants, you may need a bone grafting procedure first. So the sooner you receive care the better. The Wagner Centre consultation offers a well-defined step-by-step process for evaluating your situation and offering the recommended treatment that best suits your lifestyle and current oral health condition. Just give us a call to schedule an appointment for your dental implant consultation. Your only regret may be that you didn’t call sooner.