Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Implants vs. Dentures

Many patients with dentures do end up switching to dental implants to enjoy the benefits this tooth replacement procedure offers. Dental implants are designed to look and function just like your real teeth and do not have many of the complications associated with dentures, such as bone loss and slipping in the mouth.

Understanding Bone Loss

Your teeth are very important to your oral health and losing a tooth can do more damage than most people realize. If you are missing even a single tooth, the underlying bone can start to deteriorate and make dentures unstable or uncomfortable. This is one reason dental implants can be more valuable to patients than dentures.

Dentures vs. Dental Implants

Dental implants continue to be some of the most versatile treatment options available for replacing multiple missing teeth. Patients who wear removable dentures can enjoy several benefits by switching to dental implants. Many report a significant improvement in quality of life and do not have to worry about dentures slipping or clicking. Dental implants also look and feel more natural than dentures.

Dental Implants

  • Titanium Composition: This material is compatible with the body so it integrates easily into the jaw bone.
  • Stability: Dental implants are designed to mimic the root and crown of the tooth structure and provide more stability than dentures.
  • Replace Multiple Teeth: We can place one or several dental implants to replace any number of missing teeth.
  • Long Term Success Rate: Dental implants typically do not need to be replaced, and good oral hygiene practices along with regular exams and cleanings are all the maintenance needed to promote long term success.
  • Preserve Jaw Bone: Dental implants stimulate the jaw bone just like your natural teeth and help prevent jaw bone loss.

Dentures

  • Non-compatible Materials: These are made from acrylic, plastic, and metal which can cause gum irritation.
  • Instability: Traditional dentures are not typically placed in a fixed location so they have the tendency to move around. This can make it difficult to eat certain types of food and often leads to clicking sounds when eating or talking.
  • Replace Some or All Teeth: Dentures can replace some or all missing teeth.
  • Replacement: Dentures will need to be relined and replaced over your lifetime as the bone starts to deteriorate.
  • Contribute to Bone Loss: Dentures rest on the gums, so there is no jaw bone stimulation. This can lead to bone loss.

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