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Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Posted on April 12, 2011 — by Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S.

Missing teeth can be a major problem, and we don’t just mean aesthetically. If you have multiple missing teeth, it can be very difficult for you to eat food you used to enjoy, and it can affect your appearance and may result in a speech impediment as well. You may experience bone loss in the jaw in the area that the teeth are missing. This is because there is no tooth root in place. Similarly, the gums in those areas may recede since there is no longer a structure to support.

When you have missing teeth, it’s best that you come to our Knoxville, TN cosmetic dentistry office. During a full consultation, we’ll be able to assess your eligibility for dentures or for dental implants to support dental restorations such as dentures or dental bridges. Each of these options comes with their own pros and cons, so let’s take a moment to look at them now.

Dentures are a dental restoration that can help address issues with a multiple missing teeth. They are removable and quite convenient. The dentures are held in place using the remaining gum and bone structure in the mouth, and they may be held more securely with the use of denture creams. (Full arch dentures can be used to fill a missing row of teeth.)

Knoxville, TN dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jawbone and soft tissue of your mouth through oral surgery. These dental implants are able to hold a single artificial tooth, a dental bridge, or even dentures (including full arch dentures). The process can take some time since the dental implants must integrate with your existing mouth structures. However, once this period is complete, they will function just as normal tooth roots would.

In general, dental implants are more desirable than dentures. Since the dental implants are anchored into place secure, they can hold dental restorations firmly. The occasional slip of the dental restoration is unlikely with dental implants. In addition, the dental implants will be able to prevent bone loss and gum recession, which regular dentures cannot address. Implant dentistry is more expensive, however, and not everyone is a candidate for dental implants.

It’s important that you schedule a consultation with our practice to discuss all of your treatment options for missing teeth. To make that appointment, please contact our Knoxville, TN cosmetic dentistry office today.

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