Whether you have lost your teeth in an accident as a result of tooth decay, or from periodontal disease, talk with Dr. Frederick Olden about your options for tooth replacement with dental implants or dentures. The history of dental implants are traceable back several thousand years, but many patients today wonder how implant dentistry stacks up against other tooth replacement procedures like dentures. Even though dentures are sometimes the less expensive solution in the short term, their longevity is still questionable and they are not without their share of complications. In fact, many patients report breakdown from normal wear and tear in the first year.
Should You Get Dentures or Dental Implants?
Dr. Olden can recommend the most appropriate tooth replacement option during your dental implant consultation in Rockwall, TX. He can share some of the key advantages and disadvantages of both dentures and dental implants so that you can make the most informed decision.
Pros and Cons of Dentures
Since dentures are removable, the natural movements of the mouth while eating and talking can cause chronic irritation of the gums. Dentures can also lead to bone regression in the areas that they rest upon. If you are limiting your die
t to certain foods to avoid the embarrassing clicking sounds when chewing or to avoid movement of the denture while you chew, you may be compromising your nutrition.
Additionally, denture wearers may experience some loss of facial structure because of their non-permanent design. The muscles in the face can forget how they are supposed to rest and you may experience progressive facial structure loss.
Another important thing to remember about dentures is that they are made of materials such as acrylic, cast metal, and flexible plastic. Since these materials are incompatible with the body, they may cause inflammation to the gums and other areas of the mouth.
Pros and Cons of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a permanent solution for restoring missing teeth. They do not cause any bone loss and you will not need to worry about the implant moving while you chew or speak. Dental implants also work to keep your facial structures intact. They are designed to stimulate the jaw bone just like your natural teeth, which helps to preserve the bone and maintain your facial structure. Implants are made of titanium, a naturally compatible element that mimics the root of the tooth, as well as a porcelain crown which looks natural and is very durable.
Are you looking for more information about dentures or dental implants? Schedule your dental implant consultation in Rockwall, TX with Dr. Olden today!