Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?

March 27, 2019 Premier Dental Center

Dental Implants & Dentures Dentist Troy MIThe Premier Dental Center offers both dental implants and dentures. As such, Dr. Nazarian often helps patients explore their tooth replacement options.

It’s important to remember that each patient is different. For example, you may not be a candidate for full-sized implants if you don’t have the bone density to support them.

In the end, you won’t know what choice is best for you until you meet with Dr. Nazarian. He’ll help you better understand your treatment options. That way, you can feel confident about your decision.

In the meantime, here are the main differences between dental implants and dentures.

Dentures

Dentures are an oral appliance made to look and function like natural teeth. Depending on the extent of tooth loss, our dentist may recommend a full or partial denture. While a full denture replaces an entire arch of teeth, a partial denture only replaces a few teeth.

We can help you explore the different types of dentures available. These include partial, complete, conventional, and immediate dentures.

Dentures sit on top of your gums. As such, you must remove your dentures before you go to sleep so your gums have a chance to recover.

When you’re not wearing your dentures, submerge them in a glass of water or denture cleaner. This will prevent them from drying out, cracking, and warping.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root that’s placed in your jaw to later support a crown. This implant is usually made out of a titanium alloy that’s biocompatible.

Many patients appreciate that dental implants look and function like natural teeth. They’re also more stable than dentures that may slip when you cough or sneeze. Likewise, dental implants will stay in place while you talk, smile, and eat your favorite foods.

Taking care of your dental implants is simple. We recommend that you continue to practice good oral hygiene at home. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily.

Should I Get Dentures or Dental Implants?

It’s true that dentures are more affordable than dental implants.  But they don’t solve the problem of jawbone deterioration.

As soon as your body detects a missing tooth, it’ll start to absorb the minerals in your jaw to use elsewhere.

Once this happens, the area of the jaw where the tooth root used to be weakens and deteriorates. Teeth next to the gap will also start to tilt toward the open space.

At some point, the patient may experience facial collapse. This alters the shape of the face and makes it difficult to wear dentures.

In general, we recommend dental implants whenever possible. That way, patients can avoid long-term health issues caused by missing teeth.

Dental implants exert pressure on the jawbone, which tricks your body into thinking it’s a natural tooth root. This stops jawbone deterioration in its tracks so you can enjoy better oral health.

Am I a Candidate for the Dental Implant Procedure?

For successful osseointegration, there has to be enough bone density in the jaw to support the implants. But you may be able to get around this if you’re eligible for a bone graft or mini dental implants. Candidates will also need healthy gums and a strong immune system.

If you smoke, you may not be a candidate for dental implants. This is because smoking inhibits your body’s natural healing ability after oral surgery.

Dr. Nazarian will be able to determine if you’re a likely candidate for the dental implant procedure. Even if you’re not a candidate, we can help you explore your other tooth replacement options.

Request an Appointment with Dr. Nazarian

Have you recently lost a tooth? If so, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our dental implant dentist in Troy, MI. Dr. Nazarian would be more than happy to help you achieve a healthier, more attractive smile.

To request an appointment, please call the Premier Dental Center at (248) 457-0500. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our office will reach out to you soon.

This blog post has been updated.

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