Both dentures and dental implants are commonly used to replace missing teeth. But how do you know which tooth replacement option is the right one for you? Dr. Richard Sousa of East Hills Dental Associates discusses both Roslyn Heights, NY dental implants and dentures.
All About Dentures
Removable dentures are usually used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. However, partial dentures can replace a lesser number of teeth. Dentures are typically made of a resin and metal base and plastic or ceramic teeth. Some of the biggest benefits of dentures are that they’re less expensive upfront and you can get your restoration much more quickly.
However, there are many downsides to dentures. While they’re less expensive upfront, more costs can incur with dentures over time. When you lose a tooth and the tooth root, your jawbone starts to deteriorate. Since dentures don’t replace the tooth root, it will continue to do so over time. You’ll have to get your dentures replaced or readjusted as your jawbone deteriorates.
Dentures also only give you back 30-40% of your bite function. Certain foods will have to be removed from your diet because you’re unable to chew them. Since they’re removable, you’ll need to find an adhesive that works to keep them from slipping or falling out. They need to be taken out at night to be thoroughly soaked and cleaned.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
At East Hills Dental Associates, we recommend dental implants for tooth replacement. Dental implants are made up of three different parts. First, a titanium post is placed into the jawbone. Next, an abutment is attached to the post to connect it to the final restoration. The final restoration is often a dental crown. However, dental implants can also support a fixed bridge or denture.
There’s a reason why dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement. While they are more expensive upfront, you don’t have further costs with dental implants. They’re the only option to replace missing teeth that replaces the tooth root. This stops the deterioration of the jawbone and can even reverse some of the deterioration that’s taken place.
Dental implants do take longer than dentures as well. When the posts are surgically placed in your jaw, it takes 3-6 months of healing time for them to fuse with the jawbone. This gives dental implants the stability they’re known for. You get 100% of your bite function back with dental implants. You don’t have to worry about changing your diet or them falling out while eating or speaking.
Lastly, dental implants come with less maintenance. Simply brush, floss, and visit your dentist for dental cleanings regularly. They’re also the most natural-looking and feeling option for replacing teeth. Dentures can be bulky and take a learning curve to get used to using them. That isn’t a problem with dental implants.
Getting Dental Implants at Your Roslyn Heights, New York Dentist
Are dental implants the right choice to replace your missing teeth? Call us or schedule a consultation online to start the process.