Both dentures and implants are good options for replacing missing or broken teeth. However, there are advantages and disadvantages of each. Depending on your needs, you will most likely prefer one over the other. Our Chicago dentist explains more below.
Dentures are removable false teeth that are made to replace missing or broken teeth. There are two types of dentures: partial and complete. Complete dentures replace all of your teeth and are placed a few weeks after your teeth have been removed. Generally, complete dentures are only used when a significant number of teeth are missing, and other options are not ideal.
Partial dentures, or bridges, are replacement teeth that bridge a gap between two natural teeth. These are generally used when there are two to three teeth in a row that are missing or broken, and you want to preserve the rest of your smile. A bridge prevents the natural teeth from shifting into the spot where the teeth are missing, and create a seamless, natural-looking smile.
Implants are anchors that are attached to the jawbone, with a tooth-colored crown screwed into that anchor. Implants are a great option if you only need to replace one or two teeth or have multiple individual missing teeth that cannot be bridged together.
When choosing treatments, consider the cost as well as the aftercare. Implants can be more expensive and are a more complicated procedure, however, they are less maintenance and usually the best option for individual missing teeth.
Complete dentures must be removed and can slip in your mouth, whereas partial dentures are smaller and more manageable if you have enough natural teeth to support them. Our dentist can help you make the choice that is right for you!
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to dentistry, feel free to contact Dente Complete Dentistry, with a convenient dental office in Chicago by calling 773.295.0562 or by clicking here.