Dentures and dental implants are both excellent tooth replacement options, but the most appropriate choice depends on each patient’s situation. Both implants and dentures have benefits, but in many cases, implants are a better choice over dentures.
Dr. Brent Engelberg’s team at AH Smiles in Arlington Heights, IL helps their patients restore their healthy smiles and preserve their oral health with the best possible treatment for their needs. We offer complimentary consultations for patients who want to discuss whether they should consider dentures or implants.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Benefits of Each
Dentures are an established tooth replacement treatment dating back centuries although the technology involved has greatly improved. Dentures are full arches of artificial teeth that fit in the patient’s mouth to give the patient the appearance and functionality of natural teeth. Dentures are a relatively less expensive option than dental implants, but they also need more regular maintenance.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are small titanium posts that are permanently implanted in the jaw by a surgical procedure. The prosthetic crown is secured to the post and offers the same functionality as natural teeth while appearing completely natural. Implants can replace on or two teeth at a time or our dentist can install four dental implants to support a full arch of replacement prosthetic teeth in a treatment called implant-secured dentures. These dentures do not require removal for cleaning or any special maintenance.
Implants feel, look, and function the same as natural teeth, won’t change shape or warp over time, and are less apt to break – providing you the natural, low-maintenance effect of natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Implants may not be the best choice for all patients, although they are normally the preferred treatment. Dental implants require the underlying jawbone to be healthy and intact, so if you have begun to experience bone loss, you may not be a good candidate for implants. However, there are treatments for restoring jawbone, so dental implants aren’t out of the question for these individuals but just not immediately.
Patients with multiple teeth missing may want to consider implant-supported dentures as a way to preserve jawbone health while replacing an entire arch. Implants actually support the health of the underlying jawbone and facial structure by stimulating bone growth. Removable dentures do not provide this stability and may result in further bone deterioration.
Replace Missing Teeth in Arlington Heights, IL
Arlington Heights dentist Dr. Engelberg has many years of experience and advanced training in the placement of all types of dental implants. His expertise and artistry has helped many patients get back their smile and confidence after the dental implants procedure in Arlington Heights, IL. Schedule your free consultation online or call AH Smiles at (847) 230-9703 today!