Implants or Dentures: Which Is Best for Me?

Implants or Dentures: Which Is Best for Me?

If you’re one of the more than 120 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth, you have several options for restoring your smile — including implants and dentures. 

Choosing the right restoration depends on how many teeth you’re missing, your budget, your preferences, and your overall oral health. 

You don’t have to make this decision alone. During your consultation, Dr. Roberto Palmieri highlights all of your options, examines your X-rays to assess bone health, and recommends the right option for you. 

In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about choosing implants or dentures, courtesy of our team at Palmieri Dentistry in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Benefits of dental implants

Dental implants are surgically implanted in your jawbone. Our Straumann® brand titanium posts are biocompatible and fuse with your jawbone, forming a sturdy foundation for your prosthetic tooth. Implant posts also stimulate your jawbone, which can help prevent bone atrophy.

Dental implants can replace one tooth or replace multiple teeth with an implant-supported bridge. Implants can even support full arches of teeth with just a few implants. So, dental implants might work for you regardless of how many teeth you’re missing.

Another benefit of dental implants is they’re easier to maintain than dentures. Because they’re secured, you don’t have to remove implants for cleaning or soak them nightly. 

Implants won’t slide out of place like dentures might, so you can feel confident smiling and eating.

Implants might not be right for you if …

Although dental implants are easy to maintain, strong, durable, and aesthetically pleasing, they aren’t right for everyone. You need adequate jawbone to support the implant, so if your jawbone is weak or insufficient, you may need a bone graft first. 

Additionally, if you don’t want to undergo implant surgery (and maybe a bone graft), you might consider dentures instead.

Benefits of dentures

Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth, and they come in many forms. There are partial dentures, full dentures, and even implant-supported dentures. 

Most types of dentures stay in place through suction thanks to a thin layer of saliva between your gums and dentures. You may need denture adhesive to secure a stronger bond.

Other reasons to consider dentures:

Dentures might be right for you if you’re committed to their maintenance, including daily soaking and regular cleaning.

Dentures might not be right for you if …

Although partial and full dentures are available, dentures aren’t ideal if you’re only missing one tooth. 

Explore your restoration options today

Accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Palmieri has the expertise and technology to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. 

When you arrive to discuss your restoration plans, we perform a thorough exam and conduct imaging tests with our 3D X-ray technology. These highly accurate and detailed images are essential for dental implant placement and treatment planning. 

Schedule your consultation by calling 704-247-6336 or booking an appointment online.

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