Dental implants and dentures are well-established and reliable methods of tooth replacement for people who are missing teeth. Both procedures have their own benefits and drawbacks, and each patient’s smile is unique. In many cases, dental implants are a better choice than dentures, but this decision depends on several factors.
Russell Street Dental Associates in Worcester, MA helps patients restore their healthy smiles with the best treatment for their needs. We offer consultations for patients who want to discuss whether they should consider dentures or implants.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Benefits of Each
Dentures have been a tooth replacement treatment for a long time. They are full arches of artificial teeth that fit in the patient’s mouth and function like natural teeth. Dentures are a lower-cost option than dental implants, but this also comes with more maintenance.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are small titanium posts that are surgically implanted in the jaw. A false tooth is secured to the post and offers the same functionality as natural teeth. Your dentist can insert four dental implants to support a full arch of missing teeth in a treatment called implant-secured dentures. These dentures do not require removal for cleaning or any special maintenance.
Implants feel, look, and function the same as natural teeth, won’t change shape or warp over time, and are less likely to break – giving you the natural, low-maintenance effect of natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Implants are not ideal for all patients, although they are normally the preferred treatment. Dental implants require the underlying jawbone to be intact, so if you have begun to experience bone loss, you may not be a good candidate for implants. There are treatments for re-growing jawbone, so dental implants aren’t out of the question.
Patients who are missing multiple missing teeth may want to consider implant-supported dentures as a way to preserve jawbone health. Implants actually support the health of the underlying jawbone and facial structure by stimulating bone growth. Removable dentures do not provide this stability and may result in further bone deterioration.
Replace Missing Teeth in Worcester, MA
During a consultation, your Russell Street dental associate will assess your dental health, discuss your personal concerns and goals. We will only recommend the most suitable option(s) and will educate you on expected results and all costs associated with your procedure. Our Worcester MA dentists believe the best outcome is the result of a doctor-patient partnership in your dental health care. Contact Russell Street Dental Associates at (508) 687-6579, or schedule an appointment online.