Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN
For many years, if a patient had experienced significant tooth loss, dentures represented the only option to regain their bite and smile. Times change and, thanks to advances in dental technology, dental implants now are available. Considered by the American Dental Association as one of the most significant technological breakthroughs in dental science in the past 40 years, implants represent a virtually permanent tooth replacement option.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth—as many as an entire dental arch.
The problem with missing teeth
If you are living with missing teeth, it is important to replace them. Lost teeth make it more difficult to chew and eat. They also can impact your self-confidence because you are more hesitant to smile.
Living with missing teeth long term also increases the risk of certain oral health issues like gum disease, jaw joint disorders, and more. It also can lead to additional tooth loss, as well as the eventual deterioration of the supporting bone structure.
Whatever tooth replacement option you choose, here is a comparison of dental implants and dentures that we hope aids you in the decision-making process.
- Help prevent bone loss, because the durable titanium implant screw is inserted into the jawbone, providing continued stimulation that previously came from the tooth root.
- Look, feel and function like healthy, natural teeth.
- Convenient to clean and maintain. Brush and floss them the same way you do your other natural remaining teeth.
- More durable than any other tooth replacement option available in restorative dentistry.
- Fit snug and secure in your mouth thanks to the implant screw. Will not slip or shift, eliminating the need for creams or adhesives to help hold in place.
- Can look and feel unnatural compared to other tooth replacement options.
- Must be replaced in seven to 15 years in order to maintain their function as the jawbone continues to diminish slowly.
- Can slip and shift in the mouth, causing discomfort, embarrassment or irritation of the gums or mouth.
- Can make it difficult to chew certain foods, restricting dietary options.
- Often lead to restricted dietary choices, as it can be difficult to chew certain foods with dentures.
- Must be removed at least once per day to be cleaned. Maintenance involves the purchase of creams and/or adhesives.
Cost is another important factor in deciding between dentures and implants. Dentures have a more affordable upfront cost than implants, but dentures also have additional costs that implants lack—such as having to buy adhesives and cleaning solutions on a regular basis, as well as paying for dental visits to have your dentures repaired or replaced.
Implant patients also do not have the dietary restrictions or “sunken-in” facial appearance that is common with denture wearers. For these reasons, we think the cost of implants—while somewhat more costly than dentures—is worthwhile over the long term.
The most important thing is to replace lost teeth. To learn more about dental implants, dentures or any other tooth replacement options currently available in restorative dentistry, contact Devine Dentistry at (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.
Devine Dentistry is proud to provide total oral care for patients in the middle Tennessee communities of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville.