It isn’t always easy to find the right tooth replacement option for your specific situation. At Greater Modesto Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Center, we understand the importance of developing a treatment plan that is specific to each patient’s unique needs. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we want to ensure you receive the right treatment for you, which is why we’ve compiled information regarding the advantages and disadvantages of the two most popular tooth restoration options: dental implants and removable dentures. A few factors will influence the decision regarding which option best suits your needs, including the current health and condition of your mouth, your medical history and overall health, and your financial situation.
Regarding appearance, functionality, and fit, the quality of dentures has improved drastically over the last few years. If you are missing teeth, dentures can help you eat and smile again with confidence; they can also help protect your remaining teeth from excess wear if you are prone to damaged or broken teeth. Facial muscles often become weakened or sunken in when there are no teeth to support them, and dentures can help prevent these issues. If you only want to have teeth when you need to eat, then having removable dentures may be your best option. Initially, dentures are more affordable than dental implants, but the additional costs that often accompany the maintenance of dentures over time can lead to a greater long-term cost. Dentures do not stimulate the jaw bone in any way, which means it will continue to deteriorate in the spots where you are missing teeth. Should you choose a different tooth replacement option in the future, you may have to worry about the cost of undergoing an additional surgery, like bone grafting.
In comparison to dentures, dental implants offer a multitude of benefits to patients. Dental implants are custom designed to both look and function exactly like your natural teeth, and can be treated as such. This means they require only regular dental hygiene (flossing and brushing), and you do not have to worry about cleaning them with special solution like with dentures. Dental implants are permanently anchored into your jaw, which means you do not have to worry about your teeth slipping or falling out, which can cause sores and embarrassment. This integration with your jaw also means that your jaw bone will be stimulated and won’t deteriorate. Dental implants do not threaten the health of your natural teeth; in contrast, dentures can cause tooth decay and other problems for surrounding teeth if not cleaned properly.
With dental implants, there is a variety of procedures available to fit your needs. It is even possible to replace a full arch of teeth with a prosthetic that is permanently supported by dental implants, thanks to advances in implant technology. We encourage anyone who is missing teeth to schedule a consultation with our office, even if you have previously been told you are not a candidate for dental implants because of a lack of jaw bone. We offer a variety of bone grafting procedures that make it possible for patients with bone deterioration to receive implants. Dental implants may initially cost more than a removable denture, but they are more cost-efficient in the long run because when properly cared for, they are permanent and do not require future attention or additional costs.
With so many tooth replacement options available, you are bound to find the one that best fits your needs, whether you are looking for the permanence of dental implants or the easy removal of dentures. No matter which option you decide on, we always recommend replacing missing teeth as soon as possible so as to avoid further health complications, such as TMJ problems and jaw bone deterioration. To start treatment and improve your oral health, please contact our office and we will schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you and helping choose the tooth restoration option that will give you a brand new smile.