Dentures and dental implants are both reliable tooth replacement options, but the ideal choice depends on each patient’s situation. Both implants and dentures have benefits, but in more and more cases, implants are the better choice over dentures.
Dr. Donald J. Alexander and Dr. Michael M. Greenberg’s team in Jacksonville, FL help patients restore their healthy smiles with the best treatment available for their individual needs. We offer comprehensive consultations for patients who want to discuss their tooth replacement options such as whether they should consider dentures or implants.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Benefits of Each
Dentures have been a tooth replacement treatment for centuries. They are full arches of artificial teeth that are fitted in the patient’s mouth to restore the appearance and function of natural teeth. Dentures are a lower-cost option than dental implants, but this also comes with more daily maintenance and replacement. They are secured to the gums with sticky adhesive and must be removed, cleaned and re-adhered every day.
Dental implants, on the other hand, begin with small titanium posts that are surgically embedded in the jaw. A false tooth, called a crown, is secured to the post and offers the same functionality and look as a natural tooth. For patients missing multiple teeth in a row, your dentist can even support a full arch of missing teeth with just four implants in a treatment called implant-secured dentures. These dentures do not require removal for cleaning or any special maintenance.
Implants feel, look, and function just like your own teeth and won’t change shape or warp over time – giving you the natural, low-maintenance effect of natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Implants may not be viable for all patients, although they are normally the preferred treatment. Dental implants require the underlying jawbone to be healthy and intact, so if you have begun to experience bone loss due to years of missing teeth, you may not be a good candidate for implants. There are treatments for re-growing jawbone such as bone graft surgeries, so dental implants aren’t out of the question but will require more time, discomfort and added expense..
Patients who are missing multiple missing teeth may want to consider implant-supported dentures as a way to preserve jawbone health while restoring their smile. Implants actually support the health of the underlying jawbone and facial structure by stimulating bone growth. Removable dentures do not provide this stability and may result in further bone deterioration.
Replace Missing Teeth in Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, FL dentists Dr. Alexander and Dr. Greenberg have many years of combined experience and advanced training in the placement of all types of dental implants. Their expertise and artistry has helped many patients get back their smile and confidence after having their dental implant procedure in Jacksonville, FL. Schedule your comprehensive consultation online or call Alexander & Greenberg Dentistry at 904.901.4302 today!