Replacing missing or damaged teeth is the key to restoring your smile, your oral health, and your overall quality of life. Missing teeth can lead to secondary dental health concerns that could have a lasting impact on your health. Patients with missing teeth are more prone to gum disease, additional tooth loss, and even bone loss. Fortunately, patients have options for tooth replacement including dental implants and dentures.
Most people do not know that dental implants are a replacement option for those missing an entire arch or row of teeth. People who have been struggling with poor-fitting removable dentures or who are missing an entire arch of teeth should consider implant-supported dentures.
Dr. Steve Fountain of Claremont Dental Institute in Claremont, CA has advanced training in implant dentistry with over 20 years of experience. He has extensive experience placing dental implants that are capable of securing top or bottom dentures.
Dental Implants vs Dentures
Dental implants and dentures are two of the most common treatments for missing teeth. They both provide a solution to improve the look and function of your teeth and bite. However, when it comes to choosing between dental implants and dentures, there are several factors to consider.
Dental implants offer a permanent solution with natural-looking results while dentures provide a less costly option that you can remove for cleaning. Understanding the differences between these treatment options will help you make an informed decision about your oral health needs. Continue reading to learn more about both.
Dentures are false teeth and are traditionally the only option for people missing most or all of their teeth. Dentists create dentures using an acrylic resin base and metal framework. Dentures rest on your gums and usually require adhesives to keep them in place.
First, we attach the prosthetic teeth to the base. They are made of plastic or porcelain but can differ depending on quality, color, and size. The only real pros to choosing dentures are the cost and time to complete them. Dentures cost significantly less than dental implants in the beginning. They will be ready for you in about 3-6 weeks.
There are however many cons to choosing dentures.
- People will notice they are false teeth due to them being bulky.
- Depending on the type of denture you need, it may take up a lot of space in your mouth.
- You will need denture adhesive to help keep them in place in your mouth.
- Caring for and wearing dentures will take some time to get comfortable wearing.
- Dentures can slip around in your mouth making eating or speaking difficult.
- Dentures will deliver about a 30-40% normal chewing function.
- Without a tooth root in your jawbone, the bone will begin to diminish. This means your dentures will need to be rebased as your
- jawbone diminishes and the fit changes.
- Dentures require periodic maintenance.
A dental implant actually refers to a titanium screw-like post. Dentists surgically implant this restoration into your jawbone, just below the gum line. This post fuses with your jawbone and creates a permanent substitute tooth root. When an entire arch of teeth is missing, implant dentures are an alternative to dentures. Our implant dentist will implant as few as four strategically placed dental implants in our Claremont, CA dentist office.
These implants will secure a cosmetic denture. There are a few cons to implant dentures, which include cost and time to complete. Dental implants involve a surgical procedure that will require some healing time. This makes it a lengthy and expensive process. But the pros to choosing dental implants are extensive, especially when compared to dentures.
- Your overall quality of life is much greater.
- Dental implants are permanently secure. They will not slip or wiggle in your mouth.
- The presence of the implant in your jawbone will prevent bone deterioration.
- Dental implants are not bulky and will give you a natural appearance and smile.
- Fixed denture implants will deliver a 100% normal chewing function.
- Dental implants offer patients over a 95% success rate.
- Dental implants are comfortable and feel just like your natural teeth.
- With proper care and regular visit to your dentist, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
Should I choose Dental Implants or Dentures?
Deciding between dental implants or dentures can be a difficult decision. Dental implants offer a permanent and natural looking solution for missing teeth, while dentures are often more affordable, but require more maintenance. Both of these options are viable for most patients with missing teeth.
However, you should never decide what you need before visiting the dentist for a thorough dental exam and professional recommendation. Seeking professional opinions from different dentists will also give you piece of mind. So, be sure to schedule a visit to Claremont Dental Institute for an exam and consultation about which option is best for you.
To learn more about dental implants at Claremont Dental Institute, see: