If you’re exploring your smile restoration options in Caledonia, MI, then you’re probably looking at two of the most popular tooth replacement procedures: dentures and dental implants.

They each have their pros and cons and can provide different levels of restoration. Here are the seven most important differences between implants and dentures you should know about:

NUMBER OF TEETH REPLACED

 Dental implants are artificial teeth used to replace natural ones one by one. It’s a great solution for patients with minor to moderate dental issues, but more extensive cases may prove costly.

Instead, dentures may be a better option for patients with severe tooth loss and damage. A partial denture may replace half the arch, while full dentures provide a complete restoration.

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

 Dental implants look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. They provide higher levels of comfort and are easily maintained through regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings.

Dentures are removable prosthetics, so they do take some getting used to, especially in the first few weeks.

HEALING

 After the implant surgery, where a metal post is inserted into the jawbone, patients enter a healing stage known as osseointegration, where the bone and surrounding tissues fuse to the implant.

Dentures have a much shorter timeline. Even if you need some additional procedures (such as tooth extraction), you can complete your restoration in just a few weeks.

JAWBONE SUPPORT

 Dental implants provide constant jawbone stimulation through the metal post. This helps prevent shrinkage and ensures long-term oral health by avoiding tooth migration and even changes to facial features.

Dentures rest on top of the gums and bone, so they cannot provide the same level of bone stimulation.

TREATMENT DURABILITY

 Implants are permanent tooth replacements. While the dental crown may need replacing after 10–15 years, the abutment and dental implant can last a lifetime.

Dentures need replacing after 7 years or so, sometimes even if the prosthetic is not damaged. This is done to ensure your dentures properly fit and provide the support you need.

COST

At first glance, dentures are the more affordable procedure. They cost less upfront, but the long-term benefits of dental implants make them a more cost-effective solution.

ELIGIBILITY

Dentures are available to most patients, as the criteria for getting them are not as strict. If you want implants, a dentist must review your file to check for:

  • Titanium allergy
  • Jawbone health and mass
  • Gum health
  • Pre-existing conditions like diabetes, arthritis, etc.

Learn Your Smile Restoration Options

Dr. Shaun Williams can help you figure out the best plan to restore both the look and function of your smile.

Discover your options by requesting a visit to Glen Valley Dentistry online and stopping by for a consultation.

For more information, call our office at (616) 891-8931, and we’d be happy to answer your questions.