Both dentures and dental implants are both perfectly acceptable tooth replacement options, but the best choice depends on your situation. Both implants and dentures have their respective pros and cons, but in most cases, implants are the best choice over dentures.
Dr. Sowell’s team at Sensational Smiles in Plano, TX helps patients restore their healthy smiles with the best treatment for their individual needs. We offer complimentary consultations for patients who wonder, “Which is right for me: dentures or implants?”
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Benefits of Each
Dentures have existed as a treatment for missing teeth for a very long time. Dentures are complete arches of artificial teeth that fit in the patient’s mouth and function like natural teeth. They cost less than dental implants, but they also require more maintenance by the patient.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically implanted in the jaw. A false tooth is mounted atop the post and offers the same functionality as natural teeth. If more teeth are missing and damaged than not, your dentist can even support a full arch of missing teeth on only 4 implants in a treatment called implant-secured dentures. This type of dentures do not require removal for cleaning or any special maintenance.
Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Unlike dentures, implants won’t change shape or warp over time, never need to be removed and are less likely to break – giving you the natural, low-maintenance life of a person with all-natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Implants may not be right for all patients although they are normally the preferred treatment. Dental implants require your underlying jawbone to be healthy, so if you have begun to experience bone loss due to having been missing teeth for awhile, you may not be a good candidate for implants. There are treatments for re-growing jawbone, so dental implants aren’t out of the question but they may not be immediately available to you.
Those people who are missing multiple teeth may want to consider implant-supported dentures as a way to preserve jawbone health. Implants actually promote the health of the underlying jawbone and facial structure by stimulating bone growth. Removable dentures do not provide this same stability and further bone deterioration may happen while you use them.
Replace Missing Teeth in Plano, TX
Plano dentist Dr. Sowell has many years of experience and advanced training in the placement of all types of dental implants. His expertise and artistry has helped many patients get back their smile and confidence after the dental implants procedure in Plano, TX. Schedule your free consultation online or call Sensational Smiles at (972) 382-6855 today!