When it comes to considering your restorative dentistry options, you have several to choose from. Dentures and dental implants are often recommended by general dentists. Both options are effective tooth replacement options, but in different ways. Understanding the differences between these two restorative options will help you make a more informed decision on the long term health and functionality of your smile. We have provided some additional information on the differences between dental implants and dentures below.
Understanding Dental Implants
Dental implants are the premier method of tooth replacement. They utilize the support of a surgically implanted post that firmly holds your replacement tooth in place. This dental restoration option has a very high patient-satisfaction rating because, once the dental implant fully heals, it is the closest restorative dentistry can get to achieving tooth-root functionality. The implanted post holds your tooth restoration in place and allows you to resume chewing and speaking just as you would be doing with your natural tooth.
Dentures are a set of prosthetic teeth that are custom designed to fit into your soft tissues. A dentist will often suggest this dental restoration if you are missing a full arch of teeth. While they will get the job done, many patients struggle adapting to the lifestyle alterations required when replacing their teeth with dentures. This is because while dentures may look like your natural teeth, they will not function in the same ways. For example, dentures are not firmly secured into your jawbone and instead rely on suctioning to your gums to hold themselves in place. This leaves room for denture slippage that can make it more difficult to eat the foods you love or speak clearly and confidently.
If you wear dentures, or if you are missing a full arch of teeth, you can incorporate dental implants into your treatment plan. With implant supported dentures, our doctors strategically place the minimum amount of dental implants necessary to hold your set of dentures firmly in place. This process if often accomplished via the All-on-Four procedure. The dental implants act as an anchor for your set of dentures. Once fully healed, your implant supported dentures will function very similarly to your natural smile. If you are interested in learning more about how incorporating dental implants into your restorative dentistry treatment can help elevate your smile, please schedule an appointment with our Hanover, Maryland dental implant specialists today. We look forward to seeing you soon.