Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Many patients who initially opted for removable dentures have switched to dental implants with positive results. Implants feel and respond like natural teeth, allowing for more natural eating and eliminating embarrassing moments when dentures may have slipped or clicked.
The Difference Between Dental Implants and Dentures
When you have multiple missing teeth, there are two basic replacement options from which to choose, dentures or dental implants. Any other technique will incorporate one of these core methods of tooth replacement. While both dentures and dental implants will successfully restore your smile, dental implants are known to have many more advantages and are generally the recommended method of replacing missing teeth in adults.
If you are deciding between dental implants and dentures, schedule a visit with Dr. Michael Allard in Glendale, AZ to determine your best option.
A Comparison of Dental Implants and Dentures
Dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible material used for implants throughout the body. This material fuses with the jaw bone and is intended to last your lifetime. Dentures, however, are comprised of cast metal, acrylic, and plastic and may need to be replaced or refitted every five to seven years.
Your dental implants are secured to your jaw bone, delivering a strong foundation for your implant crowns. Implants are permanent and designed to withstand the impact of chewing. Dentures, on the other hand, are removable and are prone to shifting. They also require food restrictions.
Comfort and Convenience
A dental implant replicates your natural tooth, and therefore looks and feels like your own tooth. It even requires the same oral hygiene regimen as your natural teeth. Dentures, however, must be taken out for cleaning and require special cleaning and adhering materials.
Protect Bone Health
The post of the dental implant functions as your tooth root would, stimulating the bone of the jaw. When the there is no tooth root or implant post, the bone deteriorates. As dentures simply rest on the gum line, they offer no assistance in the preservation of bone. In fact, as the jaw deteriorates, the shape of the gum line and bone will change, causing discomfort and the need for refitting or replacement for denture wearers.
We also offer dental implant retained overdentures that rest on your gums, but are held firmly in place by locking firmly to a bar-style mount that's anchored in place with dental implants. This provides a reliable setup that's flexible, and yet firmly holds your teeth in place at the same time. This makes them much for durable and permanent than traditional dentures.
Dental implants offer many advantages over traditional dentures. Perhaps the favorable choice is a combination of both to replace missing teeth. Contact Dr. Allard in Glendale, AZ today to learn more about tooth replacement options.