In the past, people only had one option to replace all or almost all of their missing teeth: dentures. Full dentures were used to replace an entire row of teeth while partial dentures were used to replace a few missing teeth. Thankfully, a new option is now available. Dental implants are now the top choice to replace missing or damaged teeth. Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry offers dentures and dental implants to their patients in the Baltimore, MD area. We have a team of dental experts who can complete both the surgical and restorative aspects of your dental implant procedure in our Owings Mills dental office.
If you are faced with an entire row of missing teeth, making the right decision on what to replace them with might be overwhelming. Below, we have laid out a comparison of the two options to help you make an informed decision about which solution is best for you.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jawbone. About four to eight implants will be placed, depending on the location and number of teeth missing, to support a denture. After allowing the implants to heal and fuse with the bone, about three to six months, the denture will be secured to the implants. This method of replacing missing teeth has many benefits when compared to traditional dentures.
What is a denture?
A denture is a set of false teeth linked together and traditionally the only option for people missing most or all of their teeth. They are fabricated in a dental lab using impressions of your mouth taken by your dentist. Dentures are made up of a base that is typically made of acrylic resin and metal that will rest on your gums. The teeth portion are attached to the base and typically made from various types of resin or porcelain but can differ depending on quality, color and size.
Comparing the Two Options: Dental Implants vs Dentures
- Price: The main reason most people shy away from choosing dental implants is the cost. Dentures cost significantly less than dental implants in the beginning. The thing that most people do not realize is that dentures require a lot of maintenance and they will eventually need to be replaced. That cost may add up over time. While dental implants do cost more up front, they hold a better value over time.
- Jawbone: Once a tooth goes missing, that loss of the tooth root will immediately cause the bone to begin to deteriorate. Dental implants are the only replacement option that replaces the tooth root which stimulates the jaw bone that will prevent bone loss. Bone loss in your jaw is what makes a person’s face look sunken it and appear much older in age. Implants will help maintain your facial structure and youthful appearance.
- Stability: Even though dentures have come a long way in terms of stability, they will still most likely shift and slip around in your mouth at some point. Implants are surgically placed making them fixed to the jaw bone. They will not slip around in your mouth or fall out when you are eating or speaking.
- Eating: Dental implants function just like your natural teeth. They deliver a 100% eating function allowing you to eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Dentures give you a lower chewing ability. You will need to avoid certain hard or sticky foods.
- Process: With dentures, your treatment time will take up to three weeks. This is a significantly shorter time frame compared to the four to eight months it will take to get dental implants. Implants require an invasive surgery and a long healing period.
- Appearance: Dentures tend to look bulky and noticeable. Implants are the closest thing to your real teeth. The will hold your facial structure as well as provide proper support for your cheeks and lips.
Dental implants are clearly the better option to replace missing teeth due to all the benefits and the affects they will have on your quality of life. Even though teeth implants will cost more and the process takes longer, the value is much better in the long run.
Learn More About Dental Implants