Dental Implants Vs. Dentures

Dental implants and dentures are two popular options for replacing missing teeth. Dentures are the most traditional form of tooth replacement and dental implants are quickly becoming the most popular.

Missing a tooth can cause fear and anxiety in many patients, but tooth loss is common among American adults. In fact, the Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reports that 70% of adults 35 and older have at least one missing tooth, whether from injury, decay, or gum disease. Patients in Las Vegas should consider seeing a dentist as soon as possible after losing even one tooth. Jaw bone and gum tissue begin to shrink around the new gap immediately after a tooth comes out. This shrinkage gets worse over time and causes the remaining teeth to shift about the mouth. That shift results in further decay and tooth loss almost 100% of the time.

Dr. Kevin Khorshid of ABC Dental Implant Center in Las Vegas specializes in tooth replacement. He understands that a missing tooth can cause anxiety and stress, and he and his staff strive to create an environment where patients feel at ease. Their commitment to patient care has made ABC Dental Implant Center one of the most popular dental offices in Las Vegas.

Why Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts, which are inserted into the jaw and act as artificial tooth roots. The posts are capped with a custom designed dental crown that blends in with the natural teeth. Patients like dental implants because they are natural looking and feeling and they can eat and speak normally. Dentists like dental implants because they help the patient maintain their jaw mass despite tooth loss and can actually help patients keep their natural teeth for many years.

The drawbacks of dental implants are that they do require surgery. The post is inserted into the actual jaw bone, which means an incision has to be made into the gums and jaw. If a patient doesn’t have enough bone mass to support an implant, bone grafts may be required.

Dental Implant Pros:

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[li]Blend in with natural teeth. [/li]
[li]Are as strong as natural teeth – patients can eat same foods as they did before tooth loss. [/li]
[li]Can replace one or many teeth. [/li]
[li]Help maintain jaw mass and keep natural teeth in place. [/li]
[li]If well taken care of, they can last a lifetime. [/li]
[li]Care for dental implants the same way you care for natural teeth. [/li]

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Dental Implant Cons:

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[li]Require surgery. [/li]
[li]Sometimes require bone grafts, which makes waiting time for implant longer. [/li]
[li]Lengthy healing time. [/li]
[li]If patient wasn’t able to care for natural teeth, they may not be able to care for implants. [/li]

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Why Dentures?

Dentures have come a long way in the last 20 years. Gone are the days of oversized teeth and dentures popping out at the dinner table. Now, patients have the option of full dentures or partial dentures (used to replace just one or two missing teeth), removable dentures or dentures held in place with dental implants, and dentures created from a variety of natural looking materials.

Dentures can still require surgery on the mouth. Multiple tooth extractions may be required to fit patients with full dentures. And unless your dentures are held in place with dental implants, you will continue to lose bone and tissue mass in the jaw.

Dentures Pros:

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[li]A variety of options to choose from ranging from partial to full dentures. [/li]
[li]May be removable or anchored down by dental implants. [/li]
[li]Easy to care for. [/li]
[li]Natural looking. [/li]
[li]Maintains your face shape by keeping lip and cheek muscles supported. [/li]

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Dentures Cons:

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[li]Removable dentures don’t stop bone loss in jaw. [/li]
[li]Require monthly expenses on pastes, gels, and soaks. [/li]
[li]Full dentures can’t withstand the same jaw pressure as natural teeth, so some foods are off limits. [/li]

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Which Tooth Replacement Solution Is Best?

Every patient is different. The right solution for you may not be the right solution for other patients in the waiting room. There are pros and cons to every form of tooth replacement and there are certain restrictions and prohibitions that make some patients ineligible for certain treatments. That’s why Dr. Khorshid conducts thorough consultations and dental exams before making any recommendations on tooth replacement options.

If you are missing one or more teeth and want to learn more about your options, contact Dental Implant Center Las Vegas today to schedule a consultation to discuss dental implants vs. dentures.