Dentures vs. Dental Implants

For many, making the decision to replace missing teeth with dentures or dental implants can be a difficult one. There are so many factors to consider and your decision will affect your appearance, health, comfort, and quality of life. A restoration is an investment in more than just your smile. Dr. Andrew Mohlman counsels his patients about the advantages and disadvantage of both dentures and dental implants in Kennewick, WA, in order to guide them to the right decision for them.

What are the Differences between Dentures and Dental implants?

  1. Comfort: Dentures can cause irritation and discomfort because they rest directly on your gums, whereas dental implants do not. They are secured to posts.
  2. Stability: Implants are a permanent restoration, in which titanium posts are inserted into the jaw bone. This ensures that your new smile never shifts, moves, or slips, which is sometimes the case with dentures. Dentures are removable and held in place with adhesives or glues.
  3. Budget: Dentures are an affordable option but can break or require replacements or refittings. Dental implants typically cost more than dentures, but implants are designed to last a lifetime.
  4. Health: The post of a dental implant acts as a tooth root, stimulating the jaw bone. Without this post or tooth root, a process of bone deterioration begins. Dentures do nothing to stop the process. This is why you often see bone loss and changes in facial structure when someone has dentures for a prolonged amount of time.
  5. Appearance: Both dentures and dental implants will provide you with a natural looking, beautiful replacement for your missing teeth.
  6. Diet: There are some food restrictions with dentures, such as chewy or sticky foods that might cause prosthetics to slip or move. Dental implants, however, do not have such strict restrictions. You will be able to eat virtually all the foods you love!

Would you like to replace missing teeth with dentures or dental implants in Kennewick, WA? Call our office today to schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Andrew Mohlman.