Dental Implants vs Traditional Dentures
Dental implants are the preferred method of tooth replacement over dentures and bridges.
Dentures are the traditional solution for patient who are missing many or all of their teeth, but dentures don’t solve the issue of bone loss in the jaw that follows tooth loss.
Progression of Bone Loss
Maintaining a mouth full of teeth is essential for lasting oral health because teeth help to stimulate the bone tissue and prevent jaw bone deterioration. When teeth are lost or extracted and there is nothing to stimulate the bone, the bone begins to deteriorate.
Bridgework and dentures can replace chewing surfaces, but don’t address the bone loss, which eventually changes the shape of the face. Bridges can cause additional damage to adjacent teeth, while wearing a denture can be uncomfortable and may also cause instability in the jaw.
Dental Implants vs Dentures
Dental implants are the preferred method of treatment for replacing a single missing tooth or several missing teeth. Some patients may require multiple implants to replace several missing teeth, or opt for other procedures such as implant bridges or implant supported dentures. Patients who switch from dentures to dental implants usually enjoy positive results and report an improvement in their quality of life.
Benefits of Dental Implants over Dentures
Dental implants have many benefits that are not present with partial or full dentures. These include:
- Titanium construction. Since titanium is naturally compatible with the body, the dental implant can fuse with the jaw bone.
- Stability. The base of the implant mimics the root of the tooth structure, ensuring a more natural and secure fit.
- Complete tooth replacement. Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth.
- High success rate. With proper care, dental implants do not need to be replaced. Maintaining good oral hygiene will increase the success rate of treatment.
- Jaw bone preservation. Dental implants stimulate the jaw bone just like natural teeth and can help prevent bone deterioration.
Disadvantages of Dentures
In contrast, loose or fixed dentures are a substandard solution for tooth loss. Dentures:
- Are made of non-compatible materials such as cast metal, acrylic, and flexible plastic, which are not naturally compatible with the body.
- Can be damaging to other teeth. Bridges must be fastened to adjacent teeth, which can cause damage. Bone loss will also cause adjacent teeth to become loose.
- Are unstable. Full dentures can move around easily because they are not fused to the jaw or placed in a fixed location.
- Require replacement. Dentures usually need to be replaced or relined every five to seven years because of wear and bone deterioration.
- Don’t stop bone loss. Dentures rest on the gums, which means that the jaw bone does not receive stimulation and can deteriorate over time.
Dental implants are the preferred method of tooth replacement over dentures and bridges. Contact us for an appointment at our Washington D.C. or Alexandria, VA offices.
Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.