Both dental implants and dentures are some of the most popular restorative solutions for patients with missing teeth. However, dental implants and implant-secured treatments may be the better choice for patients than removable dentures. New Bern, NC dentist Dr. Stephen Hoard helps patients replace one or more teeth comfortably in-office. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hoard online or call (252) 507-0373 if you have lost or missing teeth. Learn more about how dentures compare to implants below:
Dentures: In the Know
Full and partial dentures are used to replace multiple teeth and even entire arches of missing teeth. Removable dentures are made of a metal and resin base that supports prosthetic teeth. This restoration is a more cost-effective solution with quicker treatment than dental implants.
However, removable dentures do not replace teeth at the root. Rather, they lay on top of the gums. Because of this, dentures may fit uncomfortably and may need to be readjusted or replaced down the line. Dentures also only restore 30-40% of your bite function. Patients with removable dentures are not able to eat certain foods that are harder to chew. Removable dentures require adhesive and need to be removed to clean. Dentures can slip or fall out of the mouth if the adhesive is not strong enough.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are made up of a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone. After a healing period, during which the post fuses to the bone tissue, it is capped off with an abutment. The final restoration is a porcelain ceramic dental crown. Although implants may seem like a more costly solution upfront, implants are the only option that replaces the tooth root. Implants stop jawbone deterioration and restore 100% of the bite function. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants do not require constant replacements or readjustments. Dental implants do not come with dietary restrictions or the need for messy adhesives.
Implants are the most natural-looking and feeling replacement. You can maintain dental implants and implant-secured restorations like you would your natural teeth. By brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist for routine appointments, your implants will last for years to come.