Dental Implants vs. Dentures

We can’t count the number of times that a patient has sat down in the chair and told us how dissatisfied they were with their dentures. But when we tell them about the differences and advantages of dental implants, they’re shocked that this treatment is available for them.

At Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center, we believe that each and every patient should have access to the best treatments available. For our patients who are missing one or more teeth, dentures can be a quick, low-cost solution, but the benefits of dental implants can be more cost-effective than those of dentures.

Appearance is Everything

When our Gainesville, FL patients think of dentures, one of the first things they remember is their elderly relatives making clacking noises as they adjust their dentures, or watching how awkward it was when their dentures slipped while talking or eating. Unfortunately, this can be common among certain patients. Perhaps their dentures don’t fit quite right, or was made from a different material than traditionally. By the denture falling out during normal activities, this can ruin the illusion of a complete smile and create an awkward situation for all.

With dental implants, these worries vanish. Dental implants are permanent fixtures, fused with the jawbone underneath for a strong, stable foundation for the prosthetic tooth. There’s no risk of falling out or becoming loose, and they are crafted to look and feel as natural as possible.

Functionality

Thanks to a process known as osseointegration, the implant fuses to the bone underneath. It triggers regeneration and the bone weaves fibers around the implant, accepting it as an artificial tooth. Unlike dentures that simply cover up the problem, dental implants solve it by embedding in the source and promoting healthy growth. They also prevent the neighboring teeth from shifting out of place, a once harmful side effect that led to facial collapse and sunken facial appearance.

Since they are embedded in your jaw and not attached via other artificial means, dental implants don’t alter your dietary habits or speech patterns. They work alongside your natural teeth to retain the same bite strength and fit comfortably in your mouth.

Oral Health Benefits

When a tooth is lost, the underlying bone may struggle to heal the area. It also leaves the gap vulnerable to risk of infection as well. With dentures and dental bridges, these solutions merely cover the gap left behind. However, by not healing the bone underneath, problems can still persist underneath the dentures such as shifting teeth and facial collapse.

With dental implants, the fixture is embedded right at the source down to the tooth-root. Through osseointegration, the dental implant provides the bone with something to grow around and become stronger. This effectively prevents facial collapse and improves your oral health around the area. Also, since the implant is non-organic, there’s no risk of the implant becoming affected by tooth decay and other periodontal disease.

Trade In Your Dentures at Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center

In Gainesville, FL we are driven to help our patients find their way to the treatment that’s best for them. If you’re missing one or more teeth or are unhappy with your dentures or dental bridge, give us a call at Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center. We can answer any pressing questions you have or schedule you for a consultation with Dr. Altschuler. During the consultation, Dr. Altschuler will examine your oral health, discuss the various options we offer, and help determine if dental implants are right for you. Contact us today!