Missing teeth is a more common problem in the United States then you’d think. About 40 million people are missing all their teeth and 178 million are missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. That’s a lot of people struggling to maintain good diets and attractive smiles!
If you’re part of either of these groups, you’re probably wondering what tooth replacement option would work best for you. To learn about the differences dental implants and dentures in South Burlington have, keep reading!
How Effective are Dentures?
Dentures are typically made from either a metal or acrylic base and porcelain teeth for a more natural appearance. When it comes to tooth replacement, they’ve been around the longest (the oldest dentures were made from carved wood!) They’re held in place through natural suction and designed to adhere to the overall shape of your mouth. They come in full or partial forms, meaning they can replace an entire row of teeth or multiple sections of teeth simultaneously.
While dentures are effective at replacing many teeth at a time at a low cost, they also require a large amount of maintenance. Since teeth are no longer stimulating your jaw bone, the shape of your face will continue to change over time. This will result in the need for multiple relinings and eventually a replacement denture. Replacement dentures do have a low upfront cost, but higher long-term cost compared to dental implants.
How Effective are Dental Implants?
Dental implants utilize a titanium post and implant-retained restoration to replace not just the tooth, but the root as well. By replacing the root, you create a far more stable foundation for teeth to function. Implants also stimulate bone and maintain blood flow, which prevents your jaw from shrinking and allows your face to maintain it’s natural shape. Dental implants are also the most durable tooth replacement option available in dentistry today; their average life span ranges from 25 years to a lifetime with regular at-home oral care and dental visits.
The main drawbacks of dental implants is their high upfront cost, their several month-long healing period, and the fact that they require surgery in order to place. You’ll also need to have sufficient bone volume so the implant can integrate properly. If you don’t have enough bone, you’ll need a bone graft to avoid the risk of implant failure.
Which Option is Right for Me?
It’s worth mentioning that dentures can be customized to fit with implants, therefore removing the need to replace all teeth with dental implants. However, if you’re trying to replace all your teeth as quickly as possible and at a low cost, dentures are likely the best solution.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for the most effective and most natural-looking tooth replacement available and are willing to spend a little more to make it happen, nothing compares to dental implants in South Burlington.
Schedule an appointment with a dentist today to get a professional’s opinion of your unique case!
About the Author
Dr. Tyler Aten earned his DMD degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. After completing his general practice residency, he continued his dental education, which focused on the placement of dental implants and many other treatments. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him through his website.