Implants and Dentures Comparison
When it comes to tooth loss, there are several restorations available today. Because there are so many options, deciding which restoration is right for you may be a difficult task. If you are currently deciding between dental implants and dentures, Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists is here to help. While dentures may be suitable for some patients, we believe that dental implants are the superior solution for tooth replacement. Because of their many benefits, dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth!
Dental Implants Explained
Most dental implants consist of three main components: the post, the abutment, and the restoration.
Dental Implant Surgery
The implant, made from titanium, is a small screw that Dr. Kevin Pollock will surgically place into the jawbone. Recovery times for implant surgery can vary from patient to patient. Over the next several months, your implant and bone will undergo the process of osseointegration. During this time, the bone will grow over the implant until the two are completely fused together.
The Final Restoration
Once the implant and bone are properly fused, Dr. Kevin Pollock can place the abutment. The abutment is a support structure that attaches the restoration to the implant. The type of restoration you receive dictates the number of implants we must place. A single implant can support a crown, while a full-arch restoration can require as many as eight. Once the restoration is attached to the abutment, the process is complete. You will leave our office with a beautiful, functioning set of permanent teeth!
Dental Dentures Explained
While dental implants are permanently fixed, dentures are a removable appliance that usually requires an adhesive to stay in place. Even still, a denture might slip out of place while eating or speaking.
Full Dental Dentures
Dentures consist of prosthetic teeth that are set in a pink acrylic base. The base rests on the gum tissue.
Partial Dental Dentures
Partial dentures are held in place by clasps that attach to the surrounding teeth.
The Pro's and Con's of Implants and Dentures
Dental implants have become the gold standard for tooth replacement, because of their proven track record and numerous benefits.
Dentures: While recent advancements have led to more comfortable and aesthetically-pleasing dentures, they still fall short of dental implants in almost every way.
Implants: Implant-supported restorations are usually made for porcelain or zirconia. Both materials mimic the texture and light-reflecting properties of natural enamel.
Implants: Because the implant becomes a part of your jaw, it does not rely on the gum tissue for support. Dentures, on the other hand, can lead to irritation, discomfort, and infection because they constantly rest on the gum tissue.
Dentures: Dentures are typically not very comfortable, even when they are custom-fitted. Even the most comfortable dentures will never match the feeling of your natural teeth or dental implants.
Implants: Implants function just like your natural teeth. Osseointegration allows the implant and bone to mimic the relationship of a natural tooth. This means your implant-supported restoration will be able to withstand the pressures of your bite without slipping or breaking.
Dentures: While dentures will allow you to eat, you will constantly be aware of them. Eating may be uncomfortable at times or the denture may slip out of place.
Implants: Implants provide physical stimulation to the jawbone and prevent future bone deterioration. They also do not affect surrounding teeth, unlike partial dentures.
Dentures: Dental implants are only successful if a patient has an adequate bone density and quantity. Dr. Kevin Pollock may recommend dentures for patients with an insufficient amount of bone in the jaw, while dentures will not require any additional procedures.
Implants: Traditional dentures need to be replaced or repaired every few years. Under the right care, implant-supported restorations can last for decades or even a lifetime!
Dentures: Dentures can be less expensive when compared to implants, and they can last a long time when cared for properly. While an implant is still better as a long-term solution, dentures can be good for patients who are on a tight budget.
Questions About Implants and Dentures?
Do you still have questions about whether dental implants or dentures are the right option for you? Schedule your appointment today by calling us at (469) 757-4433. We are looking forward to seeing you at our Rockwall dental practice.