If you need a tooth restoration procedure, your options include dentures or dental implants. But, how do you know which option is right for you?
At SPA Dental Group, located in New York City and Washington DC, we offer both. To help determine what might work best for you, we first carefully examine the condition of your oral health. Other factors can also play a role in the decision-making process.
How dentures and implants are alike
Both dentures and implants provide support for your missing teeth and oral health by:
- Helping chew your food
- Improving your speech
- Supporting your facial muscles
- Improving your self-esteem
Although the two options serve much of the same purposes, they’re very different.
The difference between dentures and dental implants
You might want to make your own decision about getting dentures or implants, but the choice may be contingent on your oral health. Here’s how the two options work:
Dentures are prosthetic teeth customized to fit in your mouth. They’re also removable, unlike dental implants. You apply a special dental adhesive to hold them in place.
With dentures, you have options to choose from according to your need. Different types can replace your entire upper or lower jaw, or you can have a denture that only replaces a few missing teeth.
Dentures are less expensive than dental implants. The process doesn’t take as long, and it is noninvasive. They can also accommodate weak gums and jawbones.
A dental implant is a metal prosthetic post anchored in your jawbone. Once you’re fully healed, we attach an abutment to your implant that your tooth restoration attaches to. The end result offers an implant that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth.
With dental implants, you have options, also. Full mouth implants replace your teeth and roots and help prevent damage to your jawbone. Partial implants can serve as a base to one tooth or anchor an implant-supported bridge to replace several teeth in a row.
Dental implants cost more than dentures, and they require a healthy jawbone for the procedure. However, they can provide 20 or more years of stability for your oral health.
How to decide
After your evaluation, we consult with you to weigh your options. Understanding how they work can help determine what might work best for you. Together, we discuss your oral health, the cost of both options, and the benefits.
To learn more about making the best decision when it comes to dentures or implants, reach out to our friendly staff at the Midtown East area of Manhattan, New York, or Washington, DC. Call or schedule an appointment online today.