If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, Sandy Springs dentist Dr. Brenda Paulen may recommend dental implants. However, patients with multiple missing teeth or whole rows of missing teeth may benefit from dentures. Dr. Paulen and her team will coordinate the entire treatment plan and work closely with a specialist to be sure everything is properly placed. Learn more about the differences between each treatment option below:
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that is permanently secured in the jaw with a small titanium post. This post is surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath the gum line and acts as a tooth root, stimulating healthy bone growth. Dentures are custom made artificial teeth used to replace missing teeth and some of the gum tissue. Traditional dentures are often not permanent and can be removed and put back in when needed. Full dentures are used to replace a whole row of missing teeth and partial dentures are used to replace gaps of missing teeth. These types of dentures are made in a dental lab using impressions of teeth and may use dental implants for a more secure restoration.
Fit and Function
Both dentures and dental implants will help keep the natural shape of your face and lower jaw area. Some dentures require adhesive to be applied every time you wear them to hold them in your mouth. Because dental implants are surgically implanted, they can be treated like a normal tooth. Dentures may be a bit uncomfortable because they may cover a large portion of your mouth with plastic depending on the type of dentures you need. They may take some time to get used to wearing. In addition, traditional dentures may slip while implants are secure in the mouth. When secured with implants, other dental restorations act like normal teeth and can be taken care of normally.
Dentures cost significantly less than dental implants. But over time, dentures may need to be replaced or realigned. This cost can add up depending on the wear and tear. Dental implants cost more but are a permanent solution. If cared for properly, they will last forever.
Schedule an Appointment
Call Dr. Paulen and her Sandy Springs dental team to see which dental restoration is right for you. You can contact Proud Smiles at (404) 418-7734 or request a consultation with one of our dentists online.