People often wonder if they should get dental implants or dentures. The answer is: it depends! Each patient is unique and each procedure has it benefits. In the long run, for most patients, implants are a more suitable solution to the problem.
Helping patients restore their smiles is a priority to the team at Hires Dental Care in Toledo, OH, and we offer complimentary consultations. Dr. J. Eric Hires and his team can evaluate you and help you decide which option is best for your particular situation.
Benefits of Dentures vs. Dental Implants
The standard of care for tooth replacement treatment for many years has been dentures. Dentures are removable prosthetic devices that fit in the patient’s mouth. They fit over the gums and soft tissue that replace natural teeth. Because dentures are removable, they do require a bit more maintenance than dental implants. One advantage of dentures is their relative lower cost when compared to implants.
Dental implants can be it bit more pricey but since they are surgically implanted into a patient’s jaw and attached to a small titanium post, they are more secure and they function more like natural teeth. These implants are surgically implanted by the dentist.
For some patients, Dr. Hires may be able to implant up to four dental implants to support dentures in what is called “implant-secured dentures”. Since these are permanent, these dentures do not need to be removed for any special maintenance or cleaning.
Another advantage of implants is that since they are permanent, they act and feel like real teeth giving the patient a more natural look. Dental implants are less likely to break and will maintain their color and shape and not warp over time.
Dental Implants: Are They the Right Choice for Me?
Generally speaking, dental implants are the preferred treatment by patients but not every patient is a good candidate for them. Certain criteria must be met before dental implants can be considered. The most important criteria is for the jawbone to be intact. If you have any issues with bone loss, you may not be considered a good candidate. In some cases, treatments to re-grow bone can be performed. Dr. Hires will do a full evaluation to determine your suitability for this procedure.
Another factor in determining if dental implants are the right choice is jawbone health. Because removable dentures do not provide stability for the jawbone, they can further deteriorate the bone in this area. Dental implants can actually stimulate bone re-growth because they support the facial structures and jawbone.
Show Off Your Smile in Toledo, OH
Dr. Hires in Toledo, OH has many years of training and experience in all types of dental implants. Let his expertise help you get your confidence back and show the world your smile. Dr. Hires offers free consultations so call us today at 419-365-2217 or schedule online.