Dentures and dental implants are both perfectly suitable tooth replacement options, but the best option depends on each patient’s health and financial situation. Both implants and dentures have benefits, but in most cases, implants are a better choice over dentures.
Dr. Nicholas F. Gardner’s team in Gouverneur, NY helps patients in restoring their healthy smiles by finding the best available treatment for their needs. We offer comprehensive consultations for patients who want to weigh their options on whether they should consider dentures or implants.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Benefits of Each
Dentures have existed as an option for tooth replacement for centuries although the technology involved has come a long way. They are full arches of artificial teeth that are attached to the patient’s gums with adhesive and used to bite and chew like natural teeth. Dentures are a less expensive option than dental implants, but they also require more maintenance on the part of the patient and more frequent replacing.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into jaw bone. Once the implant screw is embedded, a false tooth is secured to it and offers the same functionality as natural teeth. Some dentists also offer a hybrid treatment called implant secured dentures wherein four dental implants to support a full arch of dentures. This option does not need to be removed to be cleaned like regular dentures as they are permanently attached to your implants until they wear down and need replacements.
Implants feel, look, and function just like a patient’s natural teeth, won’t change shape or warp over time, and are less likely to break – giving patients the natural, low-maintenance effect of that healthy, natural teeth have.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Implants are not ideal for all patients, although they are normally the preferred treatment. Dental implants need the underlying jawbone to be intact and healthy to be embedded there, so if you have begun to experience bone loss, you may not be able to have an implant installed without bone graft surgery reinforcing them first.
Patients who are missing multiple 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 Gouverneur, NY
Gouverneur dentist Dr. Gardner has years of experience and advanced training in the placement of all types of dental implants. His expertise and artistry has helped many patients get back their smile and confidence after the dental implants procedure in Gouverneur, NY. Schedule your comprehensive consultation online or call Gardner Family Dental Care today at (315) 203-1772 today!