Finding the right tooth replacement option for you can depend on a multitude of factors. Everyone’s mouth is different, and our team at Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery knows how important it is to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient. We care about you and your oral health, so to help you decide what treatment is best for you, we’ve provided some information about the pros and cons of the two most popular tooth replacement options considered by patients—removable dentures and dental implants. Choosing the right tooth replacement option for you will probably depend upon the health of your mouth, your overall health, your personal preferences, and your financial situation.
Dentures have drastically improved in quality over the last few years regarding appearance, functionality, and fit. Dentures can help patients eat and improve the overall appearance of their smile. If some of your teeth are missing, partial dentures can help protect the remaining teeth from excess wear. They also help to support the facial muscles, which can become sunken in or weakened without teeth underneath them. While dentures initially appear to be more affordable than dental implants, the additional costs associated with maintaining dentures can add up over time. And because dentures do not support healthy jaw bone growth, you may need to undergo a secondary bone grafting surgery should you choose a different restoration solution in the future.
Dental implants offer many benefits over traditional, removable dentures. Many patients report that implants look and feel just like their natural teeth. Dental implants can permanently anchor a denture, partial or crown in your jaw, so there is no risk of your teeth falling out while you’re speaking or eating. Additionally, dental implants require little additional care aside from regular dental hygiene (brushing and flossing). If you are replacing one or a few teeth, dental implants are an especially good option. Missing teeth and the use of removable dentures can lead to jaw bone deterioration, but dental implants fight jaw bone loss by stimulating the jaw bone, just like your natural tooth’s root would. Dental implants are also more sanitary than removable prostheses, which can cause tooth decay and other problems for surrounding teeth.
There are many different dental implant procedures available. Advances in implant technology have made it possible to replace a full arch of teeth with a permanent, implant-supported prosthesis. Even if you have been told your jaw is too weak to support dental implants, we encourage you to schedule a consultation. The advances in bone grafting technology make it possible for many patients with minimal jaw bone to receive dental implants. And while the initial cost of restoring your teeth with implants may be higher than the initial cost of a removable denture, they will last a lifetime if properly cared for, making them the most cost-effective, long-term restorative solution.
There are many different options available to restore your smile. No matter what option you choose, it’s a good idea to replace missing teeth quickly. Doing so reduces the amount of pressure on your remaining teeth, and reduces chances of developing jaw bone loss. Start moving toward your new smile by contacting our office to schedule a consultation. Our expert oral surgeon will help you choose the right tooth restoration option for you.