Dental implants are the number one-recommended tooth replacement option, but can they replace removable dentures too? Both implants and dentures have their benefits and drawbacks, but in many cases, dental implants are a better choice over dentures. Dr. Datta Malyavantham and his team at Ridgetop Dental Group in Reston, VA have many years of experience helping patients restore their smiles, and offers complimentary consultations for those who want to explore whether they should consider implants or dentures.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Both Have Benefits
Dental implants are small posts made of titanium that are surgically implanted in the jaw. A false tooth, called a crown, is attached to the post, creating the appearance of natural teeth. In contrast, removable dentures resemble natural teeth but are not permanently attached to the jaw.
Dentures are designed to fit in the patient’s mouth and perform like natural teeth. They are a lower-cost option over implants, but they also require more maintenance. Dental implants are permanently inserted into the jawbone, and they do not need to be removed to be cleaned. Implants feel, look, and function the same as natural teeth, won’t change shape or warp over time, and are less likely to break – giving you the natural, low-maintenance effect of natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Not all patients are good candidates for dental implants. Implants require the existing jawbone to be intact, so if you’ve experienced bone loss, you may not be a candidate for implants. It is possible to re-grow this jawbone, so if this applies to you, you may still benefit from implants.
Dentures can replace many missing teeth just like implants. In fact, many patients opt for implant-supported dentures, which are a semi-permanent solution to missing teeth. Your dentist can help you determine the tooth replacement option that’s best for you based on your unique needs.
Replace Missing Teeth in Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia dentist Dr. Datta Malyavantham is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), and has years of experience and advanced training in the placement of all types of dental implants. His expertise and skillful artistry has helped many patients get back their smile and confidence after the dental implants procedure in Reston VA. Schedule your free consultation online or call Ridgetop Dental Group today!