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 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. The dentist surgically implants this post into the jawbone beneath the gum line. It acts as a tooth root, stimulating healthy bone growth. Dentures are custom-made artificial teeth that replace missing teeth and some of the gum tissue.
Traditional dentures are usually removable. You take them out and put them back in when you need them. 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. Technicians use impressions of your 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 application every time you wear them to hold them in your mouth. You treat dental implants like normal teeth because of their stability.
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. It takes time to get used to wearing dentures. In addition, traditional dentures may slip while implants are secure in the mouth. Implants enable other dental restorations to act like normal teeth.
Dentures cost significantly less than dental implants. But over time, dentures need replacement or realignment. 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.