Comparing Dentures and Dental Implants

Dentures and dental implants are both excellent options to replace broken or lost teeth, but the most appropriate choice depends on each individual’s situation. Both implants and dentures have their unique benefits, but in most cases, implants are a better choice over dentures.

Dr. Roy Eskow’s team at Bethesda Dental Implant Center in Bethesda, MD helps their patients restore the attractiveness and health of their smiles with the best possible treatment for their needs. We offer complimentary consultations for patients who want to discuss whether they should consider dentures or implants.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Benefits of Each

Dentures are a long established tooth replacement method dating back centuries although the technology used in creating them has greatly improved. Dentures are complete arches of artificial teeth that are attached with adhesive in the patient’s mouth to give the patient the appearance and functionality of natural teeth. Dentures are the slightly more affordable option than dental implants, but they also need more regular maintenance.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are usually individually mounted prosthetic teeth that start with a small titanium post permanently implanted in the jaw by a surgical procedure. The prosthetic crown is fastened atop the post, making the implant appear completely natural while also restoring functionality. Implants can replace teeth individually or your dentist can install four dental implants to support a full arch of replacement prosthetic teeth in a treatment called implant-secured dentures or All-On-Four Implants. Unlike traditional dentures, these do not require removal for cleaning or any special maintenance.

Implants feel, look, and function the same as your natural teeth, won’t change shape or warp over time, and are less prone to breakage – providing you all the advantages of natural teeth.

Are Dental Implants Right For Me?

Implants may not be the most readily available solution for all patients, although they are usually the preferred treatment. Dental implants require the underlying jawbone to be healthy and intact in order to support the post, therefore, if you have begun to experience bone loss, you may not be a good candidate for implants. However, there are procedures available for restoring healthy jawbone tissue, so dental implants aren’t out of the question for these individuals but just aren’t viable yet.

Patients with multiple teeth missing may want to consider implant-supported dentures as a way to preserve jawbone health while replacing an entire arch. Implants actually support the health of the underlying jawbone and facial structure by stimulating bone growth around the implant post. Removable dentures do not provide this stability and may result in further bone deterioration which shows itself in mouth regression, the shrunken mouths of many long-term denture wearers.

Replace Missing Teeth in Bethesda, MD

Bethesda dentist Dr. Eskow has many years of experience and advanced training in the placement of all types of dental implants. His expertise and artistry has helped many patients restore their smiles and confidence in Bethesda, MD. Schedule your consultation online or call Bethesda Dental Implant Center at (301) 200-5222 today!