One question that consistently comes up during consultations with current patients or with those who are considering dental implants is, “Which is better— dental implants or dentures?”
The fact is this: if you’re missing one or more teeth and are looking for a solution, they can both be excellent options.
In this article, we’re going to discuss dental implants and dentures to determine which is right for you. As always, we invite you to schedule your consultation, where we can see you in person, discuss your needs and goals, and determine what is best for your unique situation.
Let’s look at dentures first
Do you remember when you were younger and one of your parents or grandparents had “false teeth” resting in a glass by the bathroom sink? Well, as you probably already know, those are dentures.
Dentures are a quick solution to fix your smile if you have no teeth and they can provide a decent level of support. That being said, they are actually far from the ideal solution.
While traditional dentures are quickly becoming a thing of the past, one service that we offer at Blevins Dentistry that is increasing in popularity are implant-supported dentures commonly referred to as an overdenture or snap-in dentures.
Snap-in dentures typically require 2-4 dental implants on the bottom and 4-8 dental implants on the top. The denture then, literally, snaps into place quickly and easily. Since it is anchored to the jaw with sturdy dental implants, it can provide a great look, while supporting your facial structure.
Unlike the dental implants that anchor snap-in dentures, the overdenture itself is removable, which can be either positive or negative depending on patient preference. One benefit of implant-supported dentures— they are much more stable than a cheap temporary denture that can rattle around in your mouth and make it difficult to eat certain foods.
Dental implants: The gold standard
For those patients who want to experience the very best in restorative dentistry, dental implants (when combined with crowns or a bridge) are an excellent option.
Dental implants take the place of your natural tooth root by using a titanium, biocompatible screw that is securely placed into the jaw bone. Many patients prefer dental implants due to their stability and because they last for a long time.
Here are just a few of the many benefits of dental implants:
- Implants can provide extra support for a loose-fitting bridge or denture.
- Implants can replace multiple missing teeth.
- Implants help you live a normal life (eat anything, speak better, etc.).
- Implants improve your facial structure.
- Implants prevent bone loss in the jaw area over time.
And much more. In fact, if you would like to see Dr. Blevins discuss dental implants on video and learn more about the dental implant procedure, please click here to visit this page.
Which one is right for you?
Your goals, as well as a thorough examination of your dental history, are needed in order to tell you which procedure is best for you. We want to invite you to schedule your consultation with Dr. Blevins so you can meet him and go over any questions you may have.
Just give our office a call or contact us here to schedule your consultation. We look forward to meeting you and figuring out together which treatment option is best to restore your smile and self-confidence.