There are many restorative dentistry options to choose from. Some of the most popular options, dentures, and dental implants, are effective in different ways. Dr. Vincent Prestipino and Dr. Tassos Sfondouris of Prestipino Dental Group provide dentures and dental implants, as well as implant-secured dentures to their Bethesda, Maryland patients. Understanding how these two restorative options compare to each other will help inform you about how they treat specific dental needs. If you want to see if implants or dentures are for you, call our office for care today at 301-276-0219. You may also request a consultation with our dentists online. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have at your consultation.
Learn more about dental implants, dentures, and implant-supported dentures below:
Dental implants are one of the most versatile methods of tooth replacement. They consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Once the dental implant fully heals, it is capped off with an abutment and dental crown. The dental crown ensures durability when biting and chewing. The implant posts themselves replace a missing tooth at the root, which in turn, stimulates the jaw bone. Receiving care with one or more dental implants prevents facial sagging, shifting teeth, and further bone loss.
Dentures are a set of prosthetic teeth that can replace a full arch of missing teeth. However, there are many alterations required if dentures are removable. Removable dentures look like natural teeth but may function differently. Dentures essentially suction onto the gums to hold themselves in place. They may slip or require messy adhesives. This can make it more difficult to eat or speak clearly.
If you wear dentures, or if you are missing full arches of teeth, dental implants can be incorporated into the appliance. During treatment to create implant-supported dentures, we strategically place dental implants to hold the dentures in place. Once the implants are fully healed, your new dentures will function just like natural teeth. Implant-secured dentures provide the same benefits as dental implants and are able to replace more teeth at once.