Dental Implants or Dentures, What’s The Better Option?
Both dental implants and dentures are tooth replacement options to consider when you need to replace one or more missing teeth. However, there are many things that sets these two options apart. Learning about the pros and cons of tooth restoration will help you make a better choice if you seek a solution for restoring teeth.
At Oral & Facial Surgery of New Mexico, we want you to be informed about your options for tooth replacement so that you can make the right decision for your health, smile, and confidence. You can schedule an appointment with our board-certified oral surgeon, Dr. Bryce Heiner, by contacting either of our offices in Las Cruces or Roswell, NM, to learn more about tooth restoration and to explore your options.
The Difference Between Dental Implants and Dentures
Traditional dentures work by sitting on top of the bony ridge in the mouth. They are made up of false teeth and cosmetically restore your smile, but not functionally. Dentures are often held in place with denture adhesive, and typically require special rinses and products to keep them clean. If not professionally fitted, dentures can slide around in the mouth, causing sores. Partial dentures replace multiple missing teeth instead of the full dental arch. Because there is nothing fused to the jaw bone, bone loss can occur while wearing full or partial dentures and dental bridges.
Dentures are non-invasive and often cheaper upfront. However, you must replace dentures every few years. Many patients who wear dentures claim they are embarrassing and clunky and turn to dental implants for more stability, functionality, and long-term health benefits.
Dental implants or the prosthesis attached to implant posts are designed to look like natural teeth. Dental care with an implant is easy and requires the same care as a natural tooth. A surgical procedure is required to place the implant post, which is often performed using IV sedation so you do not experience discomfort.
Patients in need of a new arch of teeth can undergo full-arch restoration, a treatment that uses dental implant posts to secure a fixed prosthesis. This treatment provides all the same oral health benefits as dental implants as well as a complete and fully functioning set of teeth. Think of full-arch restoration as essentially using implant posts to hold a denture in place. Contrary to traditional dentures, a denture attached to dental implants does not need to be removed during meals or cleaning. With proper care, your new arch of teeth can last for many years.
Prevent Jaw Bone Loss
When the jaw bone weakens, it can cause facial features to sag and appear uneven. To avoid this issue, the jaw must be kept strong with stimulation it receives from tooth roots during chewing. Dental implants are the only option for replacement teeth that fuse to the jaw bone. This prevents bone loss and dental shifting from occurring due to tooth loss.
This enormous health benefit sets dental implants apart from traditional dentures or bridges. By keeping the jaw bone healthy, dental implants help protect your oral health and serve as a healthy, durable, and beautiful addition to your smile. To find out more about dental implants or to schedule a consultation, contact Oral & Facial Surgery of New Mexico today. Dr. Heiner will examine your health, discuss your smile goals, and create a treatment plan that restores your smile.