Dental Implants vs. Dentures 

Stressing out over missing teeth is understandable. After all, missing teeth not only affect your appearance, but they do a lot more. If you choose a restorative treatment for missing teeth, you can reduce your risk of oral health conditions and support the remaining teeth in your oral cavity. Our dentists may recommend several options for restoring missing teeth, and the two most popular choices remain dentures and dental implants. 

Dentures

If you think that dentures are the unconvincing replacement teeth from the last century, that’s not the case anymore. Dentures are designed to closely resemble the look and feel of natural teeth and allow you to perform all the tasks that you can perform easily with your natural teeth, including adequate support for facial features, chewing, and speaking. 

Pros

Dentures are a cost-effective restorative treatment for lost teeth, especially if you have lost multiple teeth. 

The completion time for this dental restorative treatment is shorter compared to dental implants.
Patients get the flexibility to choose removable dentures and implant-supported dentures.
Cons
Dentures require extra care along with oral hygiene, yet they can be easily damaged.

You may need to adjust your diet as some food and drinks can damage dentures. 
Removable dentures do not support your jawbone, which can eventually deteriorate your jawbone’s health.

Who Should Get Dentures?

Dentures are an appropriate restorative treatment for lost teeth for people of any age. However, it is best for individuals who may not be the right candidate for dental implants due to medical reasons.

If you have lost multiple teeth or need a replacement of your entire arch, then a full denture is the most affordable treatment. However, it is best to discuss your case with our dentist.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth. The dental implant is a titanium post placed in your jawbone and serves the same function as a tooth root. Once the dental implant integrates well with your jawbone, a crown is placed over the implant, so you get permanent teeth that look and function like natural teeth. 

Pros

Dental implants function exactly as natural teeth.

Dental implants preserve the jawbone as they stimulate the bone’s growth, similar to natural teeth. 
Require basic oral hygiene practices to last for a lifetime.

Cons

The treatment takes several visits to complete. 

Sufficient bone mass is required for the treatment.
You may need bone grafting if your jaw is too small to support a dental implant.
Who Should Get Implants?
If you have a single missing tooth or you only need to replace a few teeth, our dentist may recommend dental implants for you. However, our dentist will ensure that you have a healthy oral cavity, dense bone mass, and adequate jaw size to support a standard dental implant. In case you have a medical condition such as a blood clotting disorder, you may not be a likely candidate for dental implants. 

To learn more about dental restorative treatments, get in touch with us at Rochester Periodontal and Dental Implants and restore your smile and confidence. To schedule an appointment, call us at (585) 504-1424.