Dentures…or Implants?

If you have missing teeth, you may be too self-conscious to smile or speak in public, or to enjoy dining out. And like many people, you may believe that removable dentures, or “false teeth,” are the only option for replacing missing teeth. Though this was true in past decades, recent advances in dental medicine and dental materials have made it possible to permanently replace missing teeth, with strong, long-lasting dental implants.

At Woodlands Premier Dentistry, implant dentist Dr. Scott Young can help you learn more about the benefits of permanent, durable dental implants. Please call (281) 367-5559 or contact us today for an appointment.

Removable Dentures

For centuries, dentures were the only tooth replacement option available. They have improved significantly since they were first introduced, but they are still not the best tooth replacement option available. There are many drawbacks to removable dentures:

  • May require multiple visits to the dentist for fitting adjustments
  • Require some practice before you can speak normally
  • Can slip, making it difficult for you to enjoy some foods
  • Can be bulky
  • Can make embarrassing clicking noises when you speak
  • May cause irritation of the gums, if not expertly fitted
  • May need to be relined or replaced if your jaw contour changes
  • Do not stop jaw resorption–can speed it
  • May cause embarrassing odors if not cleaned properly
  • Must be removed at night, and for cleaning
  • Typically last just 7 to 15 years before needing replacement

Many of the problems of dentures stem from the fact that they’re not like your natural teeth. Instead of being anchored in the jawbone, they rest on top of your gums, which were never meant to bear the forces associated with chewing.

Because your dentures aren’t fully anchored in the jawbone, it takes time to learn how to use them to perform the normal functions your teeth used to. Talking and eating can be a challenge. This is both because of the lack of anchoring and the bulk of them. Dentures have to be bulky to try to increase the surface area for suction–that’s what holds traditional dentures in place.

Because dentures are putting forces on the gums that the gums were not meant to take, they can cause serious irritation, even if the dentures are properly fitted. Once your teeth are removed, the jawbone that supported them will begin to be removed by the body. As this happens, your dentures will need to be refitted. This may be necessary several times during the first year, and less frequently after that. Eventually the jawbone will be so resorbed that you can’t wear dentures anymore. Poorly fitted denture can actually speed bone loss.

Care for dentures can be a nuisance, and, if not properly performed, it can lead to odors, irritation, and infection.

Implant Dentures

Dental implants can help you avoid the inconvenience, discomfort, and hassle of removable dentures. Dr. Young can explain to you the many advantages to replacing missing teeth with dental implants, such as:

  • Don’t require extraction of remaining healthy teeth
  • Are custom-made to fit the spaces left by missing teeth
  • Look, feel, and function just like natural teeth
  • Don’t require any getting used to
  • Don’t cause any discomfort or irritation to the gums
  • Have crowns made of durable porcelain, to resist chipping or cracking
  • Are permanently anchored in the jaw, so they are strong
  • Don’t require special cleaning—just brush, floss, and have regular check-ups
  • Last for many years, even a lifetime

Because dental implants are actually anchored in the bone, they look, feel, and function more like natural teeth. When implant dentures are used to replace your teeth, you will experience full function, greater comfort, and ease of mind.

If you would like to learn more about replacing missing teeth with strong, long-lasting dental implants, please call the office of implant dentist Dr. Scott Young at (281) 367-5559, serving Houston and The Woodlands, Texas area. At Woodlands Premier Dentistry, your oral health, comfort and convenience are our highest priority.