Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Which Is Right For Me?
By Dr. Ribeiro on October 11, 2021
Tooth loss affects the strength, integrity, and beauty of your smile. The more teeth that are lost, the greater the smile is compromised. There are several tooth loss treatments that restore the smile, but only a couple are suited for substantial tooth loss. Dentures and dental implants are able to replace a large number of missing teeth, or up to an entire arch of teeth.
Dental implants and dentures are two very different techniques, each with its own benefits. Individuals in the Clarksville, TN, area who are considering dental implants vs. dentures can work with Dr. Richard Ribiero to determine which treatment is best suited to their unique needs and desires.
Dentures are removable restorations that are available as partials or full arch tooth replacements. Dentures consist of an acrylic base that is made to resemble the gums, and artificial teeth. Dentures fit closely over the natural gum tissue, creating a seal that helps to hold them in place.
Dentures treatment is simple and non-invasive. To create a custom set of dentures that fits comfortably and securely, molds are taken of the gums and any remaining natural teeth. Molds and design specifications are sent to a dental laboratory where dentures are fabricated. Patients can begin wearing their dentures as soon as they arrive, which is often just a matter of weeks.
Pros and Cons of Dentures Treatment
Two of the greatest benefits of dentures is how fast and affordable they are. Another pro is that dentures are affordable. Dentures cost significantly less than dental implants, so they can easily fit into just about any budget.
While dentures do have their advantages, there are some drawbacks for our Clarksville patients to consider. Removable restorations do not fit securely like dental implants. Dentures are prone to slip or shift out of place, and can also rub against the gums, irritating your delicate oral tissues. Dentures also must be removed for cleaning, which makes care and upkeep somewhat of a hassle.
Dental Implant Treatment
Dental implants are surgically implanted titanium screws that fuse with the jawbone and act as artificial tooth roots. Dental implants can support dental crowns, bridges, or dentures. When anchored by dental implants, restorations become a fixed part of the smile, so that they function just like natural teeth.
Dental implant treatment takes place in several stages, starting with an oral surgery procedure to insert the implants into the jaw. After the implants have fused with the jawbone, metal abutments are placed atop the implants. Abutments are small posts that protrude from the gum line. The final stage of dental implant treatment is the placement of dental restorations. Restorations are bonded to the abutments, giving them the full support of the dental implants.
Pros and Cons of Dental Implants
The only drawbacks of dental implants are the cost and length of treatment. It can take between six and nine months for all the stages of dental implant treatment to be complete. Because multiple procedures are required that are typically not covered by insurance, dental implants cost significantly more than dentures.
That said, the benefits of dental implants far outweigh the negatives. Dental implants provide comfort, security, and durability that are unmatched compared to any other tooth loss treatment. Implant-supported restorations are the closest replica to the natural teeth; they stay in place, they are easy to care for, and they are the only option that stimulates the jawbone to prevent degeneration. Dental implants are also long-lasting. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Choosing the Treatment That Is Right for You
Most of our Clarksville patients are ideal candidates for either dentures or dental implants, so the choice between treatment options usually comes down to personal preference. While many patients prefer the long-term benefits of dental implants, there are some who opt for more affordable dentures. Dr. Ribeiro helps patients consider which technique is best for their unique situation.
Learn More in a Consultation
If you have experienced tooth loss, Dr. Ribiero and the dental team at Clarksville Smiles can help you experience a strong and attractive smile. To learn more about our restorative dentistry treatments, send us a message online, or call us at (931) 645-6362.
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