When it comes to replacing missing teeth and rebuilding a smile, two of the leading solutions today are dentures and dental implants. Dentures have been used in one form or another for hundreds of years, while dental implants have become one of the most popular and effective treatments in the last few decades. Of course, if you’re the one with missing teeth, you’re faced with a decision. Which one is best for your smile? Which one will give you the kind of long term results you can truly rely on? Today, we’re going to put these two treatments side by side and see how they stack up against each other.
Let’s briefly define what these two treatments actually are. You’ve probably heard of dentures before, but just to refresh your memory, they consist of numerous prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base. Partial dentures can be used to replace multiple teeth throughout the mouth, while full dentures can restore an entire row of teeth. Partials are typically held in place in the mouth using small metal clasps that attach to neighboring teeth, and full dentures sit directly on the gums using natural suction (and sometimes denture adhesive).
A dental implant, on the other hand, is actually a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone in order to restore the root structure of a lost tooth. This is then used to support a number of dental prosthetics that can replace everything from a single tooth to an entire mouthful.
How They Compare
When comparing these two treatments, it can be boiled down to one simple statement: dentures tend to be more affordable and take less time to make, while dental implants provide more long term benefits both health-wise and cosmetically.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are simply the best when it comes to security, longevity, and aesthetics. This is because, unlike dentures, they replace the entire tooth both above and below the gum line. This not only makes them look more natural, but it also provides the replacement teeth with unrivaled stability and strength. They are also the best option for replacing a single missing tooth.
However, because the implants need to be placed into the jawbone, a patient will need to undergo at least one minor surgical procedure, which will be followed by months of healing time. Also, if a patient does not have a strong enough jawbone to support the implants, they may actually not be able to get them. With dentures, a patient can have their missing teeth replaced in a matter of weeks as opposed to months. They typically don’t involve surgery (though a few teeth may need to be extracted beforehand), and they also tend to cost much less upfront than dental implants.
The reason many dentists offer both is because, while they are quite different, each treatment is very effective at solving the same basic problem, and it’s up to a patient and their dentist to determine which one is right for them.
But Which One Is Right For Me?
The only way to figure this out is to consult a dentist in your area who provides both. That way, you can tell them what you hope to achieve, and your doctor can advise you on which treatment would be the best approach. The final decision will always be yours, and in the end, no matter which one you choose, they are both fantastic at giving people their complete smile back.
About The Dentists of Newtown
The Dentists of Newtown is a multi-specialty dental practice that serves families all over Newtown, PA. We help people reclaim their smile with dentures and dental implants every day, and with either treatment, we make sure the end result is always a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile. If you’d like to learn more about these treatments and see which one is best for your particular case, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.