Dentures and dental implants are both effective tooth replacement options, but the best choice depends on your individual situation. Factors such as the condition of your remaining teeth, insurance coverage and budget will affect your decision. Both implants and dentures have benefits, but in most cases, implants are a better choice over dentures.
Dr. Shalini Sethi and Dr. Sumitra Yalamanchili and their team at Elevate Dental Implant Center in Hanover, MD help their patients restore their healthy smiles with the best treatment for their needs.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Benefits of Each
Dentures have been a tooth replacement treatment for centuries although today’s dentures are much more advanced. They are full arches of artificial teeth that are cemented in the patient’s mouth and function like natural teeth. Dentures are a lower-cost option than dental implants, but also require more maintenance.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are small titanium posts that are surgically implanted in the jaw. A false tooth is secured to the post and offers the same functionality as natural teeth. Your dentist can insert four 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 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, 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 but may require additional surgeries in preparation.
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 Hanover, MD
Dr. Sethi and Dr. Yalamanchili have advanced training in the placement of all types of dental implants. Their expertise and artistry have helped many patients at their Hanover, MD practice regain their smiles and confidence with dental implant procedures. Schedule your comprehensive consultation online or call Elevate Dental Implant Center at 410-205-4997 today!