Implants vs Dentures
In the world of dental restorations, dentures and implants lie on opposite sides of the spectrum. While both use artificial teeth to restore missing or damaged teeth, one requires a surgical procedure to be placed inside the patient's mouth, and the other uses an arch of crowns to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues.
While both dental implants and dentures offer a discreet way of restoring missing teeth, the approach they take and the end results of both treatments are quite different. If you are unsure as to which restoration treatment might suit your case the best, visit us at , and allow our highly trained dental surgeons to take you through the entire process. We understand how important your smile is to you.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root surgically placed inside the patient’s gums to allow replacement teeth to be attached via abutments. They are made from biocompatible materials like platinum to ensure they do not infect the surrounding tissue. They are also highly resistant to decay as they are non reactive to bacteria and other elements.
Dental implants offer permanent restoration and come in several types. Single tooth implants are used when the patient is missing a single tooth whereas multiple tooth implants can be used to restore multiple missing or damaged teeth. If the patient is looking for an entire jaw restoration, they will usually seek the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a removable restoration option for replacing multiple missing teeth and the gum tissue surrounding them. They come in two types: partial and complete. Partial dentures typically consist of crowns that are placed on a plastic base. They can sometimes be connected using a metal frame that holds the bridge in place, while inside your mouth.
Complete dentures can be used to replace the entire set of teeth on both the upper or lower jaw. Once the teeth have been removed, our dental surgeon may choose conventional or immediate dentures to replace them. Contrary to conventional dentures, immediate dentures can be placed inside a patient's mouth while they are still healing from the extraction process.
Which Should I Choose?
Depending on your preference, either restoration treatment can help you regain your smile and ability to eat and talk naturally. While dental implants are followed by an intrusive surgical procedure, dentures are much easier to secure inside a patient’s mouth and also require less visits to your dentist post treatment.
The cost of getting dental implants is also significantly higher than dentures as they require an extensive surgical procedure, materials, and equipment. If you are looking for permanent restoration and do not mind the expense, dental implants are the best choice for you. On the other hand, if you are interested in a less intrusive restoration that allows you to smile, eat, and talk naturally, dentures might prove to be a fitting solution.
To learn more about dental restorations and which treatment might suit you best, visit us at Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS to consult with our team of highly trained and qualified staff. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, we would be more than happy to take your call at (315) 800-5020.