Both dentures and dental implants are viable tooth replacement options, but the best choice for you as a patient depends on your situation. Both treatments have their respective pros and cons, but in most cases, implants are the best choice over dentures with a 98% satisfaction rating among the patients that have received them.
Dr. John C. Cranham’s office in Chesapeake, VA helps patients restore their smiles with the best treatment to match their individual needs. Dr. Cranham would like to help you decide, “Which option is right for me: dentures or implants?”
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Benefits of Each
Dentures have existed as a treatment for missing teeth in one form or another for centuries. Modern dentures are complete arches of artificial teeth that fit in the patient’s mouth and function like and resemble natural teeth. They are less expensive than dental implants, but they also require more maintenance by the patient. Dentures must be removed for cleaning and then fastened to the inside of your mouth with messy adhesives. Sometimes, if not set properly, they can fall out while you are talking or eating which can be embarrassing.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the jaw bone. A crown — an artificial tooth surface — is mounted atop the post and offers the same functionality as a natural tooth. If more teeth are missing and damaged than not, your dentist can even mount an arch of dentures on only 4 implants in a treatment called implant-secured dentures. This type of dentures are like implants in that they do not require removal for cleaning or any special maintenance or any adhesives. However, you would have to be missing an entire arch of teeth or having any remaining natural teeth removed.
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 the best option 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 lost your teeth some time ago, you may not be a good candidate for implants. However, there are treatments for re-growing jawbone such as bone graft surgeries, 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 Chesapeake, VA
Chesapeake, VA dentist Dr. Cranham has many years of experience and advanced training in the placement of all types of dental implants. He is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and American Equilibration Society. His expertise and artistry has helped many patients get back their smile and confidence after the dental implants procedure in Chesapeake, VA. Schedule your free consultation online or call Dr. Cranham’s office at 757.656.4109 today!