When missing teeth, it can be hard to know what the best restoration option is for you. With today’s technology, the options are continually growing. The two most popular options are dentures and dental implants. This page was created to help you understand the pros and cons of each procedure to help give you clarity of what will work best for you.
Dentures are a full cosmetic restoration and are most common with people who have lost the majority of their teeth. Dentures are created using arches that are made up of artificial gums and teeth. The arches are anchored into your mouth and completely replace your smile. Traditional dentures are removable, making it easy for you to practice good oral hygiene. Dentures are completely customizable; you can create the smile you’ve always wanted by creating shape, size, and shade.
Dentures can also be done permanently or partially. Today’s technology can use dental implants to secure a full set of dentures in your mouth permanently. This is often desirable for patients who are not interested in removing their dentures every day. Dentures can also be partial. If you have a few missing teeth along the top or bottom row of your teeth, dentures can be used to replace them. Dentures help shape your face and restore the strength of your jaw bone. Your face will lift and your muscles will no longer sag when you receive dentures.
Dentures can take some time to get used to. They are placed in your mouth and need to be removed every night to be cleaned. Some foods will still be off limits because the artificial teeth are fragile and may break. They may not look as natural as other cosmetic restoration options.
A dental implant is a surgical procedure to permanently replace missing teeth. It is possible to have multiple implants in your mouth, but due to the time it takes to replace a tooth, normally dental implants are only recommended to replace one missing tooth. The process consists of three different parts: the post, the abutment, and the crown.
The post is first surgically placed into the jaw bone. Your mouth will need time to heal around the post, securing it in place. After, the abutment will be placed. It acts as the connecting piece between the post and the abutment. Finally, at a later date once the gum line has healed around the abutment, the crown will be placed. The crown is made to match your tooth anatomy, so it looks real and natural.
While dental implants are certainly realistic and can last for decades, making your dental restoration as realistic as can be, there are still some cons. A dental implant can take up to six months to be complete, as the doctor cannot move onto the next step until your mouth has fully healed. Implants are also the more expensive restoration option but they are more natural.
At 3rd South Dental, we are proud to announce that we offer both dentures and dental implants to all of our patients. We invite you to explore our website and read more about each procedure in depth. If you are looking for a tooth restoration, we would love to have you in our office for a consultation to see what will work best for you and answer any further questions.