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Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Choosing the Right Option for You

December 12, 2023

Tooth loss is a common concern that can cause a variety of oral and overall health concerns. The good news is that there are several tooth restoration options. The two most common options at Parkway Dental Care are dentures and dental implants.

Both options offer unique benefits and considerations. In this article, we’ll explore these options, including the factors to consider when making your decision.

Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts/screws designed to mimic the tooth root. Placement of the implants requires invasive oral surgery. Once placed, the jawbone will heal around and fuse with the implants, creating a stable base for the replacement teeth.  

Types of Dental Implants

There are two primary types of dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal. The endosteal implants are inserted into the jawbone, while the subperiosteal implants are inserted into the gum and sit on or above the jawbone.

A single implant can be used to replace a single tooth and multiple implants can be used to replace up to an entire arch.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth. They are designed to sit on top of the gums and must be removed every night for cleaning and to allow the mouth to rest. While effective, dentures can be uncomfortable and inconvenient.  

Types of Dentures

There are two primary types of dentures: Partial and Complete.

Partial dentures are designed to replace some missing teeth. Complete dentures are designed to replace an entire arch.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Criteria Dental Implants Dentures
Aesthetics Dental implants offer a natural appearance, feel, and functionality. Dentures often look artificial.
Durability Dental implants are known to last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Dentures usually must be replaced every 5 to 10 years depending on wear and tear.
Maintenance Dental implants mimic natural teeth, making them much easier to clean and care for. Dentures must be removed daily for cleaning/soaking and often require relining.
Bone Health Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing deterioration. Dentures may contribute to jawbone deterioration.
Comfort Dental implants are stable and secure with no slipping or irritation. Dentures sit on and rub against the gums, which can cause discomfort.
Cost Dental implants cost more upfront but have lower maintenance costs and don’t require replacement. Dentures are typically more affordable upfront but maintenance and replacement costs are higher.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Between Dental Implants and Dentures

There are several factors to consider when deciding between dental implants and dentures, including:

  • Oral Health: The current condition of your gums/jawbone, as well as your oral health history
  • Budget: Upfront and long-term costs, as well as dental insurance coverage
  • Lifestyle: Your personal preferences and daily routine
  • Maintenance: Your ability and willingness to care for the restoration

Why is Tooth Restoration Important?

Missing teeth can impact all areas of your life, making tooth restoration critical for your oral, overall, and even mental health. The decision is a very personal one, but the team at Parkway Dental Care will work with you to help you decide. They can give you all of the information you need to make an informed decision.

Schedule Your Consultation with Parkway Dental Care Today

If you have experienced tooth loss, schedule your consultation with the team at Parkway Dental Care today in Kissimmee, FL and Orlando, FL. They have the experience and expertise to help you with all of your dental needs. They will be able to assess your current condition, as well as evaluate your needs and expectations to determine the best course of action.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures FAQs

If you have any questions about tooth replacement at Parkway Dental Care, we will be glad to help. Our team is highly trained and skilled in dental restorations and believes that it is important for patients to be informed. Below are a few of the most common questions that we are asked:

Is it painful to get a dental implant?

Dental implants require invasive oral surgery. However, the procedure is done under local anesthesia, which minimizes discomfort. Sedation is an option for patients who struggle with anxiety or are unable to sit still for an extended period.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are a long-lasting solution for tooth loss. Many patients find that, with proper care and maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. In some cases, the crown may require replacement after about 20 years.

How long after dental implants can I eat normally?

The initial healing period lasts a few days to a week, depending on your body’s ability to heal. During this time, you’ll want to stick with soft foods to avoid irritating the surgical site. After this time, you can gradually transition back to your normal diet.

Who is not suitable for dentures?

Dentures sit on top of the gums and jawbone, requiring them for support. Therefore, patients with significant jawbone loss or gum issues may find that dentures are a less suitable option.

How many teeth do you need for implants?

Dental implants are an effective solution to replace any number of teeth from a single tooth to a full set, depending on your degree of tooth loss. The number of implants required varies based on your dental restoration plan.

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14811 E. Colonial Dr. Suite 100
Orlando, FL 32826
New Patient: (407) 606-7209
Current Patient: (​407) 601-4206
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