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Dental Implants or Dentures - Which is Better ?

When it comes to addressing missing teeth, there are four main options: Do nothing, obtain a denture / partial denture, use a dental bridge or obtain dental implants. Other than doing nothing, the three restorative options above aim to maximize functionality and aesthetics to your smile, but they have notable differences in terms of cost, durability, maintenance, and overall impact on oral health. Deciding between them can be a complex process, as it depends on individual circumstances and preferences. This Blog will highlight the key disparities between these choices to assist you in making an informed decision about which option suits you best, brought to you by Topeka Oral Surgery.

Dental implants, typically made of titanium, are carefully inserted into the jawbone to act as sturdy replacements for natural tooth roots. Through a process called osseointegration, these implants form a secure and permanent bond with the jawbone, which takes approximately 3 months after implant placement.

This results in a stable foundation onto which various prosthetics, such as porcelain, ceramic  or acrylic crowns can be securely attached. One popular prosthetic is the implant-supported denture, which can be anchored to as few as two to four dental implants, effectively replacing an entire set of missing teeth. This meticulous procedure allows an individual to replace existing teeth that are unrestorable or to help create a better fitting denture.  Locator retained dentures can also help create an aesthetically pleasing smile.  These procedures are commonly done at Topeka Oral Surgery on a weekly basis.

While every case is unique, Ideal candidates for dental implants include the following:

Although you may be a smoker or may grind your teeth – you can still have dental implants placed with success.  Simply adjustments to the prothesis may be required over time.

Dental implants are widely regarded as the premier choice for replacing missing teeth. Individuals who meet the necessary health criteria can undergo this treatment and enjoy enhanced oral health and superior stability compared to traditional dentures. Traditional dentures are NOT as secure as locator retained dentures (image below).

Considering Dentures as an Alternative

In cases where implants are not recommended or if there is not enough bone to place an implant, dentures serve as an alternative. Traditional dentures sit on top of the gums, adhering either through dental adhesives or the mouth’s natural suction. They offer a non-surgical approach to replacing missing teeth, relying on their design to fit securely over the gums.

While dentures may be less invasive, they may not offer the same level of stability as dental implants. Therefore, traditional dentures are only recommended when there are oral health or general health conditions that would hinder the success of implant placement surgery.

Take the Next Step to Reclaim Your Smile

Now equipped with a better understanding of dental implants and dentures, it’s time to consider your options for reclaiming your smile.
If you reside or work in Topeka, Kansas, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at Topeka Oral Surgery for dental implant assessment. Our skilled team will evaluate your specific needs, address all your inquiries, and devise a personalized treatment plan to help restore function and aesthetics to your mouth.  To request an appointment – please fill out the contact us banner below.

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