Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Which Is Right for Me?

Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Which Is Right for Me?

Whether you’re missing a single tooth or all of your teeth, the reality is that any missing teeth can profoundly impact your ability to chew thoroughly, speak clearly, and smile with confidence.

Both dental implants and dentures can restore your smile, but which option is right for you?  Each provides its own set of benefits, and, thankfully, both are available at Dentistry in Paradise in Santa Barbara, California.

Here, Kevin Miller, DDS, gives you all the details on dental implants, dentures, and how to decide which one is better for you.

All about dental implants

Dental implants act like artificial tooth roots made of titanium. Dr. Miller places them directly into your jawbone where your missing teeth used to be. 

It takes a few months for your implant to fully fuse with your jawbone 一 in a process called osseointegration 一 but after that, Dr. Miller attaches a new prosthetic tooth to your implant. A special piece called an abutment connects the post with your prosthetic tooth, designed to fit right in with surrounding teeth.

Because the post fuses with your jawbone, your dental implant is strong and sturdy. Dental implants can support a single tooth, a few teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth.

Implants remain in your mouth, and you can continue to brush the prosthetic tooth as you would your natural teeth.

You might consider dental implants if:

Dental implants aren’t right for everyone. Certain conditions, such as smoking, having diabetes, and undergoing radiation can increase your risk of implant failure.

All about dentures

If you don’t want or aren’t cleared for dental implant surgery, dentures provide a nonsurgical option for you. Like dental implants, these removable prosthetics are customizable. Partial dentures replace a few teeth, while full dentures replace your upper and lower arches.

Dentures are made by taking molds of your mouth and then fabricating custom-made prostheses. Dentures feature an acrylic base that suction into place, but some people find that denture adhesive helps create a more secure bond. 

You might consider dentures if:

Dentures do have an adjustment period as you get used to speaking and eating with prosthetic teeth. Practice makes your adjustment period go more smoothly.

Which option is right for you?

If you’re one of the 120 million Americans missing at least one tooth, you’re likely wondering whether dentures or implants are better for you.

There’s no single “better option” when it comes to dentures and implants. It’s about what’s right for you. When you come to Dentistry in Paradise, Dr. Miller examines your mouth, reviews your aesthetic needs and personal preferences, and examines imaging to assess your bone health. 

Regardless of which option you choose, we have everything you need under one roof from tooth extraction to final prosthetic delivery.

Don’t let missing teeth keep you from living your best life. Schedule a consultation with the Dentistry in Paradise team and explore your options today. You can reach us at 805-967-0272 or through our online request form.

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