Choosing the right tooth replacement option is vital for your smile and dental health. The most common tooth replacement solutions are dentures or dental implants, which are used to replace broken, missing, or severely cracked teeth.
Before deciding between dentures or implants, you need to consider the differences in procedure, price, and function to judge which option is right for you.
Dentures are artificial teeth made from tooth-colored materials such as resin, porcelain, or acrylic. They are often used to replace your entire set of teeth but can also be made for partial replacements.
There are three types of dentures offered by Steger Smiles: Overdentures, conventional dentures, and immediate dentures. An overdenture is a partial denture that replaces several missing teeth by attaching to your remaining adjacent teeth.
Conventional or full dentures replace all your natural teeth and come in a full top and bottom set. Immediate dentures are made to replace your teeth the same day they are removed and require multiple fittings during healing.
Dentures are ideal for people who are missing several or all their teeth. They are typically less expensive than dental implants and offer close-to-normal tooth functionality.
Dental implants are the only permanent solution to missing teeth. Not only do they restore the look and functionality of your smile, but they also preserve your jawbone and encourage better oral health.
Dental implants consist of a screw-like titanium post embedded directly in your jaw. A connector called an abutment is placed on the post, attaching the implant to a restoration such as a crown or bridge. To replace an entire dental arch, your dentist may prescribe All-on-4 implants. All-on-4 implants use four implant posts strategically placed along the dental arch to support an artificial denture plate.
To be a suitable candidate for dental implants, you need to have a healthy jawbone and gums. At your initial consultation, your dentist performs X-rays and digital imaging scans to determine jawbone density and thickness. They’ll also manually check your gums for signs of periodontal disease.
If you have insufficient jawbone density, you may need a bone graft or sinus lift before your implant surgery. You may also need periodontal therapy, such as scaling, root planing, or a gum flap procedure to eliminate gum disease.
Dentures vs. Implants: Which is Right for You?
Choosing the right tooth-replacement option between dentures and implants comes down to a few factors. These include price and dental needs.
Dentures cost less than implants initially. However, if you only need to replace one or two teeth, dental implants are a more affordable investment long-term. This is because they offer a longer-lasting solution and do not require repairs or replacements as frequently as dentures.
Dentures may be a better option for you if your jawbone doesn’t support dental implants, as this would require additional dental procedures to prepare your gums.
Finally, unlike dentures, dental implants act more like natural teeth and can withstand a more intense bite force. Dentures require daily removal and cleaning and require more upkeep at the dentist. If you prefer a tooth replacement that lasts a decade or more, dental implants are the better option.
Repair Your Smile at Steger Smiles
Whether you want to explore dental implants or dentures to correct issues with your smile, Steger Smiles can help you find the proper treatment. We offer both dentures and dental implants as tooth replacement options and can work with you to decide which solution is right for you.
Contact Steger Smiles to set up a consultation to discuss our tooth replacement options and which choice is right for your dental needs.