Comparing Dental Implants, Removable Dentures, and Implant-Supported Dentures
Tooth loss as an adult can not only change your smile but also wreak havoc on your self-confidence. The good news is that dental implants can help you regain your smile and get you back on track for better dental and oral health going forward. But what exactly are dental implants? Do they look natural? And would you be just as happy with an implant-supported denture or removable denture? Let’s dig deeper and find out.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are used in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. These titanium posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone to replace missing teeth. As you heal, your bone grows around the implants and securely anchors them in place through a natural process called osseointegration. Once that process is complete, an abutment is placed onto each implant. Finally prosthetic teeth, such as single crowns or bridges, are made and cemented onto the abutments, and you’re ready to smile.
Implant-Supported Dentures vs. Removable Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are used when replacing an entire arch (i.e., all your top teeth or all your bottom teeth). These dentures have an acrylic base that resembles your natural gum tissue and porcelain or acrylic prosthetic teeth. Implant-supported dentures are removable but securely supported by up to eight implants.
Removable dentures, on the other hand, often consist of an acrylic-covered metal framework that holds the artificial teeth. Because they are removable, they are convenient. Unfortunately this also makes dentures feel less natural, and they are prone to slip, which can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Dental implants look like natural teeth.
Some patients fear that their dental implants will not blend in with their natural teeth. You can always search online for dental implant images to get an idea of what to expect. But rest assured that when you see a great dentist like Dr. Tyler, your implants will blend in seamlessly. No one besides you and your dentist will ever know that you have dental implants—unless of course you wish to tell them.
8 Benefits of Implants Over Removable and Implant-Supported Dentures
Most patients prefer to go the route of traditional dental implants instead of dentures or even implant-supported dentures. Here are a few reasons why:
- Dental implants are a state-of-the-art solution. Though today’s dentures are far superior to the ones that your grandparents had, they are still a low-technology solution.
- Getting implants is a long-term investment that will pay itself back over time. Not only will you require fewer trips to the dentist once your implants have healed but you will have better overall oral health as long as you follow proper dental hygiene recommendations. Fewer trips to the dentist means more money saved and less time in the dental chair..
- Dental implants are designed to preserve your jawbone density in the same way as natural teeth. Though there are some situations where your bone structure may not be sufficient for dental implant surgeries, this situation is rare.
- Your dental implants will look so natural that no one besides you and your dental team will know that you have them. You’ll also be able to speak and chew more naturally, boosting your self-confidence.
- One of the biggest complaints that we hear from patients about their dentures is instability. Dentures are notorious for slipping at the most inopportune times. This can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Even with the best-fitting dentures, some slipping is still possible. With dental implants, however, your new teeth are permanent and look and function just like your natural teeth with no shifting whatsoever.
- Dentures often require denture adhesive to stay in place. These products do help but cannot guarantee to prevent movement entirely. With dental implants, there is never a need for denture adhesive.
- One of the greatest patient benefits of dental implants is that you can experience facial structure support again. Once your body begins delivering calcium to your jawbone again after your dental implant treatment, your bone will begin to grow around the titanium rod. This is how implants encourage bone growth and help preserve your facial features.
- Dental implants are designed to be permanent restorations. And when your implants are placed by a restorative dentist as experienced as Dr. Tyler, the need for future repair is highly unlikely.
Find out how restorative dentistry and implants can help you smile again.
If you currently have a removable denture and are tired of adhesive or have missing teeth and are ready to rebuild your smile, then you might be a candidate for dental implants. To learn more, you can request an appointment using our online form or give us a call at (425) 620-3359. We look forward to meeting you!