Dental implants and dentures are both effective treatments for restoring your smile, but the best choice for tooth replacement depends on each patient’s situation. Implants and dentures each have their own benefits and patients must meet different criteria that patients for treatment, but in many cases, implants are a better choice than dentures.
Dr. John C. Cranham’s team in Chesapeake, VA helps their patients restore the health and functionality of their smiles with the best treatment for their specific needs. We offer comprehensive consultations for patients who want to discuss which options is the right one for them: dentures or implants?
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Benefits of Each
Dentures are full arches of artificial teeth that are custom-fitted to the patient’s mouth and function like natural teeth. This treatment option has been around for a long time and is a good choice for people who are missing many teeth in one arch. Dentures are also a less expensive option than dental implants which is a newer treatment, but dentures also require more care and maintenance.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are small titanium posts that are surgically embedded in the jawbone. A false tooth is secured to the post and offers the same functionality as natural teeth. Dr. Cranham or your area dentist can insert four titanium dental implants to support a full arch of missing teeth 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 your natural teeth, while also promoting the growth of new, healthy bone and gum tissue. This means that implants bond with the jawbone, becoming more secure in their placement over time and preventing bone and gum deterioration as can happen over time with dentures. Implants give you the natural, low-maintenance lifestyle that comes with natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Although dental implants are the preferred procedure for replacing missing teeth, implants are not appropriate for all patients. This treatment requires a healthy and strong underlying jawbone to support the implants. If you have already begun experiencing bone loss due to missing teeth, bone graft surgeries may be necessary prior to receiving dental implants.
Patients who are missing multiple missing teeth might want to consider implant-supported dentures as a way to preserve jawbone health while also replacing an entire arch of teeth. Implants actually support the health of the underlying jawbone and facial structure by stimulating new bone tissue growth. Removable dentures do not do this and may result in further bone loss.
Replace Missing Teeth in Chesapeake, VA
Chesapeake dentist Dr. Cranham 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 in Chesapeake, VA regain their smile and confidence with dental implants. Schedule your consultation online or call 757.656.4109 to schedule with our office today!