Dentures and dental implants are both effective tooth replacement options, but as for which is the best choice, that depends on each patient’s individual situation. Both implants and dentures have their own benefits, but in most cases, implants are overall the better choice for tooth restoration.
Dr. Mark Sowell’s team at Sensational Smiles in Plano, TX helps patients restore their healthy smiles with the best treatment for their individual needs and preferences. We offer complimentary consultations for patients who want to discuss with Dr. Sowell which options might work best for them: dentures or implants?
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Benefits of Each
Dentures have been a tooth replacement treatment for a long time. They are full arches of artificial teeth that are fitted in the patient’s mouth and function like natural teeth. Dentures are a lower-cost option than dental implants, but this also comes with more maintenance. They are secured to the gums with sticky adhesive and must be placed and removed every day.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are small titanium posts that are surgically embedded in the jaw. A false tooth is secured to the post and offers the same functionality as natural teeth. For patients missing multiple teeth in a row, your dentist can even support a full arch of missing teeth with just four implants in a treatment called implant-secured dentures. These dentures do not require removal for cleaning or any special maintenance.
Implants feel, look, and function the same as natural teeth, won’t change shape or warp over time, and are less likely to break – giving you the natural, low-maintenance effect of natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Implants are not ideal for all patients, although they are normally the preferred treatment. Dental implants require the underlying jawbone to be intact, so if you have begun to experience bone loss due to missing teeth for many years, 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.
Patients who are missing multiple missing teeth may want to consider implant-supported dentures as a way to preserve jawbone health. Implants actually support the health of the underlying jawbone and facial structure by stimulating bone growth. Removable dentures do not provide this stability and may result in further bone deterioration.
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 with dental implants have helped many patients in Plano, TX restore their smile and confidence. Schedule your free consultation online or call Sensational Smiles at (972) 382-6855 today!