When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants and dentures are two common solutions. But which one is right for you? At Wynning Smiles in Huntington Beach, CA, we understand that every patient’s needs are different. Let’s take a moment to explore the pros and cons of dental implants vs. dentures, and help you make an informed decision about your tooth replacement.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a popular and permanent restorative dental treatment that replaces missing teeth. They are a long-term solution for anyone who has lost teeth due to injury, decay, or periodontal disease. The implant itself is a small titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone where the missing tooth used to stand. Your bone then naturally fuses with the implant in a process called osseointegration. This process creates a strong and stable foundation for us to affix a restoration—such as a crown, bridge, or even a denture—on top of the implant(s.)
Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. These characteristics give our patients with missing teeth improved confidence, speech, and chewing ability. Additionally, dental implants are also a great option for preserving the alignment of surrounding teeth and preventing bone loss in the jaw, which is a common side-effect of tooth loss.
Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures, on the other hand, are removable appliances that replace missing teeth. Dental implants are relatively affordable and fast, giving you a quick and cheaper solution to replace all of your teeth at one time.
There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are used when all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw are missing or need to be extracted, while partial dentures are used when some of your healthy teeth are still intact. Dentures can be made from various materials, such as acrylic or porcelain, and are designed to fit snugly over your gums.
Are Dental Implants or Dentures Necessary?
Replacing missing teeth isn’t just about aesthetics. It’s important for your oral health, too. When teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth can shift out of place, causing bite problems and making it difficult to chew and speak. Missing teeth can also lead to bone loss in the jaw, which can alter your facial structure and make you look older. Restoring your bite improves everything from your diet and overall wellness to your personal self-confidence. But choosing the best tooth replacement in Huntington Beach is usually a personal decision to make.
Are Dentures Right for You?
Dentures are a good option for people who have lost multiple or all of their teeth and want a more affordable option than dental implants. They are also a good choice for people who are not good candidates for implants. However, dentures do have some drawbacks. They can be uncomfortable at times and may slip or click when you talk or eat. Dentures also need to be replaced periodically as your mouth changes shape over time.
How do Dental Implants Measure Up?
Dental implants are a permanent and comfortable solution for missing teeth. They are anchored in your bone, so they won’t slip or rub your mouth the way dentures can. They also don’t require any special maintenance beyond regular brushing and flossing or routine dental checkups. While dental implants are more expensive than dentures, they are a long-term investment in your oral health and can last a lifetime with proper care (making them more cost effective overall.)
In some cases, Dr. Shang may even recommend combining dental implants with dentures, offering you a hybrid restoration that’s both comfortable and cost effective.
Schedule A Consultation Today
Deciding between dental implants and dentures is a personal choice that should be made at consultation with your dentist. At Wynning Smiles in Huntington Beach, CA, we offer both options and can help you determine which one is right for you based on your individual needs and goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward a healthier, happier smile.