Implants Verus Dentures

June 23, 2022

At Lakeside we offer both dental implants and dentures and these days, there are more options than ever before when it comes to replacing missing teeth. The truth is that tooth replacement options you may have available to you will ultimately depend on your oral health, budget, and personal preference.

A mini dental implant procedure is very often your best solution, provided you have sufficient bone density in your jaw and a healthy immune system. Implants and mini implants are really an evolution in tooth replacement and in denture stability over traditional denture solutions that once were the singular choice available to most individuals.

Dentures are an oral appliance made to look and function like natural teeth. Depending on the extent of tooth loss, a full or partial denture could be recommended. Dentures sit on top of your gums and must be removed before you go to sleep, so your gums have a chance to recover. Plus, there are different types of dentures available, including partial, complete, conventional, and immediate dentures. For many, dentures can be retained by implants. These represent a more recent and vastly superior denture option.

Dental Implants and crowns on the other hand, are a prosthetic tooth root (typically made of titanium) that’s placed in your jaw to later support a crown. Implants look and function like natural teeth. This means that you’ll be able to continue eating your favorite foods without worrying about slipping dentures. And, like real teeth, take care of your dental implants much like you would natural teeth brushing your teeth twice daily flossing and using a Water Pik type appliance daily and they’ll last a lifetime.

Should You Get Dentures or Dental Implants?

While dentures can represent an affordable option, they don’t solve the problem of jawbone deterioration, plus they can also damage the anchor teeth. As soon as your body detects a missing tooth, it starts to absorb the minerals in your jaw to use elsewhere. Once this happens, the area of the jaw where the tooth root used to be often can weaken and deteriorate. Teeth adjacent to the gap will also start to tilt toward the open space. Eventually, the patient may experience facial collapse, which alters the shape of the face and makes it difficult to continue wearing dentures.

The best way to prevent further tooth loss and jawbone deterioration is to talk with our implant team and find out if you’re a candidate for a minimally invasive dental implant. You’re a candidate for this implant procedure provided you have healthy gum tissue and sufficient bone density in your jaw to place the implant. There must be enough jawbone tissue to support the dental implant that’s placed in your jawbone.

Lakeside’s consultation team will be able to determine if you’re a likely candidate for a dental implant procedure. And, even if you’re not a candidate for implants, we can help you explore your other tooth replacement options. Contact Lakeside today!