Dentures vs. Dental Implants
If you have missing teeth, you may be considering one of two options; Dentures or Dental Implants. But are those all your options?
Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, you actually have more treatment options. But to fully understand which treatment may be best for you, we need to have a strong understanding of both dentures and implants.
So what exactly is a denture?
Dentures are removable prosthetic devices that consist of multiple teeth on a metal frame and a gum colored plastic base.
Depending on the number of missing teeth, you may be prescribed a complete or partial denture.
A complete denture replaces all the teeth of the upper or lower jaw on a gum-colored plastic base. It is secured with dental paste but is still prone to move or slip.
A partial denture would be prescribed if you had multiple teeth remaining. It’s typically secured with clips that clasp onto adjacent teeth. The clips place a lot of force onto the adjacent teeth and may cause these teeth to fail.
Dentures are an excellent device for ensuring that you still have the appearance of complete teeth. The upfront costs of these detachable devices are also less expensive than dental implants, but it is important to note that you will need to replace them every few years.
The ideal candidates for dentures are adult men and women who have significant tooth loss. A good candidate should also have adequate healthy gum tissue and jawbone.
Now what about dental implants?
Dental implants refer to titanium screws that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Implants mimic the root of a tooth by providing a permanent base for fixed, replacement teeth.
A tooth shaped crown, typically made of a ceramic material is placed onto the implant. Dental implants fit, feel and function like natural teeth and are quickly becoming the new standard in tooth replacement.
Dental implants will not move or slip like dentures. Dental implants do not require constant removal, special cleaning, or the use of adhesives. Maintenance is relatively simple, and you can expect the same care as your natural teeth.
The best approach to installing new dental implants is to first remove any broken or problematic teeth and place the dental implant the same day to avoid any bone loss. After a few months of recovery, a dentist can restore missing teeth with permanent crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Dental implants cost more than dentures, and this is often why many people choose dentures without further reviewing implants as an option. However, if you factor in the additional costs of dentures, including adhesives, cleaning solutions, repairs, denture replacement, and office visit fees, implants are a better financial solution and are worth the higher upfront cost.
The ideal candidate for dental implants is in good oral and general health. Sufficient bone in the jaw is important to support the implant, and the best candidates should have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
Implant Supported Denture (Snap-On Denture) or Implant Supported Bridge (All-On-4)
A third treatment option is an implant supported denture “Snap-On” denture or an implant supported bridge “All-On-4”.
In both of these procedures, the prosthetic (denture or bridge) is fixed in place with implants. An entire upper or lower jaw of teeth can be replaced with as few as 2 implants with a Snap-On Denture and as few as 4 implants with an All-On-4 bridge!
And both of these procedures deliver a new set of fixed teeth in one day’s surgical procedure!
Today, more and more people are choosing one of these two options as an immediate solution for smile restoration. With benefits like improved comfort, less embarrassment, enhanced chewing ability, and better dental health, the advantages of denture supported implants (Snap-On Denture) or an implant supported bridge (All-On-4) are quickly becoming known.
Still not sure which option is best for you?
New Day Smile Dental Group has been performing all of these teeth replacement options for years. And we offer a FREE dental consultation with FREE CT scan, FREE X-rays, and FREE dental exam at all three of our San Diego area locations.
So with no upfront cost, and no obligations, you owe it to yourself to come in and see how we can help.