Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry offer several options for the replacement of missing teeth to restore your optimal oral health in their Buford, GA dentist office. The best treatment for you will depend on your oral health needs, cosmetic goals, and budget. Dr. Brown or Dr. Newberry will evaluate your gums and teeth and present you with all of your treatment options. Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry will explain the pros and cons of each treatment and how they will benefit you.
A dental implant involves a metal post being surgically implanted into your jaw bone and then capped with a dental restoration like a dental crown. Dentures are a set of artificial teeth that are not permanent and require a lot of extra care. Buford, GA dentists, Dr. Brown and Dr. Newberry will recommend dental implants over dentures because they last longer and have a more natural looking result.
Dental Implants vs Dentures
Care – Dentures involve a lot of care. They must be brushed daily and can possibly break if dropped. You can never let your dentures dry out and that can be a constant worry especially when not wearing them. Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth and that eliminates a lot of extra work. You can brush them and floss them without worry of damaging them.
Facial Appearance – A face without teeth will appear sunken and can add years to your appearance. Both dentures and dental implants will help keep the natural shape of your face and lower jaw area. But dental implants look more like natural teeth when compared to dentures. Dental Implants can be colored matched to your natural teeth as well.
Eating Food – Dentures will deliver about a 30-40% normal chewing function. Dental implants will deliver a perfectly normal chewing function. The constant worry that your teeth may fall out while eating is not an issue with dental implants. Oftentimes, dentures may slip around or may not fit correctly leaving you with the worry of falling out.
Cost – Dentures cost significantly less than dental implants up front. But dentures will also need replaced, realigned, or rebased over time. This cost can add up depending on the wear and tear. Dental implants cost more but are a permanent solution. If cared for properly, they will last forever.
Fit and Comfort – With dentures, you may need to apply a gooey adhesive every time you wear them to hold them in your mouth. With Dental implants, you won’t need to do this extra step because they are surgically implanted and can be treated like a normal tooth. Also, dentures may be a bit uncomfortable because they may cover a large portion of your mouth with plastic depending on the type of dentures you need. They may feel weird in your mouth and take some time to get used to because they are bulky.
Bone loss associated with tooth loss – If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, that void can cause bone loss and deterioration in your jawbone. Your Lanier Smiles dentist will recommend dental implants over dentures because they are the only option for missing teeth that stimulates the jaw bone which helps stimulate bone growth. This will prevent bone loss.