Should I get dental implants or dentures in Virginia Beach?
If you have missing teeth, your replacement options can seem overwhelming at first. Weighing the pros and cons of each choice is an essential step in figuring out which one is the best option for you. Fortunately, Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Mark Reichley are here to help with this challenging decision. They are experienced dentists passionate about finding the right solution that fits each unique patient.
For patients missing many or up to all of their teeth, Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry offers dentures and dental implants in Virginia Beach, VA. For many years, dentures have been the go-to teeth replacement option.
Although with advances in dental technology, dental implants have become the number one solution for patients with any number of missing teeth. Our Virginia Beach dentist office has advanced 3D imaging software to aid in the planning and precise placement of the implants.
Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Dentures are custom-made artificial teeth made in a dental laboratory with impressions of your mouth and teeth. Complete dentures are used when the patient is missing all of their teeth, and partial dentures fill in the gaps of missing teeth.
Complete dentures consist of a plastic base that is colored-matched to blend in with the gums. The artificial teeth are attached to this base and stay in place when the base forms a suction/seal with the gums. Partial dentures can be either a plastic base or metal framework. They stay in place with clasps and rests formed around the remaining teeth.
Dental implants are metal posts surgically placed into the jawbone. They are made of titanium, a material well accepted by the human body, and will sit just below the gum line. Implants will act as replacement tooth roots to support the maintenance of jaw bone structure and to create a strong foundation for the dentures.
They are strategically placed to support a custom-made denture and to use healthy, available bone. After a period of time, they will heal and the permanent denture can be attached.
What are the Pros and Cons of Dentures?
- Will hold the shape of the face, avoiding the sunken-in look
- The patient will be able to eat and speak better than when they had no/fewer teeth
- Inexpensive option to replace teeth
- The process to get them is fairly quick
- No surgery is required to get dentures
- Will not replace teeth at the root
- The patient will slowly suffer from bone loss
- Dentures will need to be adjusted, rebased, or replaced over time
- Ill-fitting dentures can cause infections
- Diet restrictions make it difficult to consume a healthy diet
- It will take some time to get used to
- Dentures are known to slip around in the mouth, causing slurred speech and difficulty eating
- It may require adhesive to stay in place
What are the Pros and Cons of Dental Implants?
- High success rate
- Prevent bone loss because they replace teeth at the root
- Will permanently hold the shape of the face, avoiding the sunken-in look
- Very durable and stable; will not slip around in the mouth and there are very few food restrictions
- Allow for better speech
- Implant restorations look and feel like natural teeth
- If cared for properly, they can last a lifetime
- Much more convenient and easier to care for
- Gives the patient an overall higher self-esteem
- Involves one or more surgical procedures
- Dental implants come with a high price tag
- Treatment time can take four to nine months, sometimes longer