Are you missing one or more teeth? Tooth loss is certainly not uncommon — in fact, the majority of American adults past the age of 35 have lost at least one tooth. What to do about the gaps in your smile? Finding a solid replacement is crucial for your continued oral and overall well-being. If you’ve lost several or a whole row of teeth, you may be comparing dentures vs. dental implants in Erlanger, KY. Dr. Henry offers both. Let’s take a look at some of the key differences between the two.

Dental Implants: The Comprehensive Tooth Replacement

Nothing replaces one or more missing teeth as well as dental implants. The solution provides unsurpassed stability for a crown, bridge, or denture. And because a dental implant provides stimulation for the jawbone, your mouth stays healthy, whole, and youthful-looking for a lifetime.

Non-implant supported prosthetics — like a fixed bridge or denture — only do half the job of tooth replacement. Our bones need stimulation to thrive. Without replacing the tooth’s root, the jawbone will gradually degenerate, and the prosthetic will require refitting to keep up with the changing shape of the mouth.

Still unsure of the differences between a full or partial denture and dental implants for tooth replacement? Some others include…

  • Dental implants eliminate the need for messy, often ineffective denture adhesives.
  • You can eat what you like with dental implants — even corn on the cob and fresh apples are possible with the support provided by the jawbone.
  • When properly maintained, dental implants can be expected to last the wearer’s lifetime. Dentures require replacement every six or seven years.
  • Teeth restored with dental implants fit well from day one. Ill-fitting dentures lead to oral sores, poor nutrition, and low self-confidence.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

While it’s clear that dental implants are the best method of replacing one, two, or a whole row of missing teeth, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. Patients should be in good oral and overall health to have a successful dental implant procedure. In eligible candidates, dental implants have a 95 percent success rate.

Dental implants need plenty of healthy gum tissue for successful anchoring. People who have serious cases of periodontal (gum) disease are not viable candidates for dental implants. Additionally, patients with diseases affecting the immune system (like HIV/AIDS, advanced cancers, and uncontrolled diabetes) should not undergo the surgical dental implant procedures.

Dentures Replace Multiple Missing Teeth

Patients who are ineligible for dental implants, or who wish for a more affordable option in tooth replacement, may opt for dentures. They are a good alternative that restores a patient’s ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence once again. Dr. Henry offers full and partial dentures in Erlanger, KY.

Let’s Discuss Your Tooth Replacement Today

Whether you’re already dealing with missing teeth, have an ill-fitting denture, or are on the brink of tooth loss, finding a sturdy replacement is crucial for your oral and overall health. Please contact our office to request an appointment with Dr. Henry today!