Dental Implants versus Dentures

If you are considering restorative options to replace missing teeth, you may already be considering dental implants or traditional dentures. While each offers significant improvements over missing teeth, they are very different treatments offering highly disparate long-term benefits. In short, implants can prevent jaw atrophy, and keep your dentures and other restorations from shifting out of place. Traditional dentures cannot halt bone atrophy, and are prone to shift as you speak and chew. Dr. Sol Weiss can help you consider dental implants versus dentures during a consultation at his Toronto, Ontario, practice. Reach out today to find out which restorative option is right for you.

Dr. Weiss will patiently and thoroughly explain your options for restoring your smile so you can make an informed decision.

The Basics

Both traditional implants and dentures can improve your quality of life, allowing you to eat more foods, speak clearly, restore sunken cheeks, and experience boosted self-confidence. Dental implants are titanium posts surgically implanted in the jaw to replace lost tooth roots and support dentures, crowns, and bridges. Traditional dentures rest on the gums, held in place with a combination of suction and a mild adhesive.

Stability

Because they are anchored directly to the jaw, implant-supported restorations provide exceptional stability, allowing you to bite crisp, fresh fruit and chew foods like beef jerky and nuts without worrying that your restorations will shift out of place. Traditional dentures, on the other hand, require that you eat only soft foods.

Health, Comfort, and Convenience

In the absence of tooth roots, the jaw bone will begin to atrophy, or shrink. Therefore, traditional denture wearers often experience discomfort as the changes in the jaw allow the denture to shift, wearing on the gum tissue. As a result, they must frequently have their dentures refined to accommodate changes in the shape of the jaw. Dental implants are the one and only treatment that can halt jaw atrophy following tooth loss. Patients with dental implants experience long-term comfort, and rarely require modification of their dentures.

The Procedures

Aside from any extractions or periodontal care a patient requires, traditional dentures can usually be crafted within a matter of weeks. Dental implants can often require two surgeries with four to six months of healing time in between. In the meantime, patients wear a temporary restoration. While implants do require patience, many patients find that the benefits of dental implants are well worth the wait.

Pricing

Dental implants are widely considered an elective procedure, and insurance rarely covers the entire cost of having them placed and restored. Dentures, on the other hand, usually qualify for substantial coverage, depending on the materials used and other factors. While implants can require a significant investment, their potentially life-changing benefits can more than justify the cost. Meanwhile, we offer financing options to help you place the cost of this treatment within your budget. Our staff will be happy to explain these options during your visit.

Contact Us Today

Here at the Art of Dentistry, we believe in patient education. Dr. Weiss will patiently and thoroughly explain your options for restoring your smile so you can make an informed decision. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.