Tooth loss can be a stressful problem. Sadly, this condition affects millions of Americans. However, just because you’re dealing with an incomplete smile doesn’t mean you just have to accept it. There are several options for replacing missing teeth, including opting for dental implants in Severna Park. If you’ve been going back and forth between which dental procedure would work best for you and your needs, find out how dental implants and dentures measure up against one another. What are dentures?Simply put, dentures are a set of false teeth that are used to improve both the aesthetic and function of your smile. Dentures are often recommended for patients missing most or all of their teeth. 

Dental Implant

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Over the course of a few months, the bones and tissues surrounding the implant will begin to fuse with the metal. This will create a sturdy foundation from which to hold a dental crown. 

What do the two dental procedures entail?Getting dentures is a bit more straightforward. We will make impressions of your smile and then send these results to a lab for fabrication. Once your dentures are finished we will place them in your mouth and make the necessary adjustments. Dental implants, however, are far more complex. As mentioned above, we surgically embed the implant into the jawbone and give it months to heal and fuse with the surrounding tissues. Once this is complete we will place a tooth-like crown over the implant. 

Who is a good candidate for dentures? Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Those patients who want to get dental implants in Severna Park need to have good general and oral health. This means patients can’t be suffering from untreated diabetes, cancer, an autoimmune disorder, gum disease or cavities. If you are dealing with weak or unhealthy gums or jawbone, then dentures are the better option for you. Patients who want dental implants will also need to consider the upfront costs. What makes dentures so popular is the cheaper price. However, do keep in mind that dentures will need repairs and replacements every few years, while dental implants will not. While the upfront cost might be higher for dental implants, you might find that in the long-term, it’s a better option for you. Those patients who smoke should not opt for dental implants. Smoking will increase the procedure’s failure rate. If you currently smoke, but still want to get dental implants in Severna Park, then you’ll want to quit smoking prior to the procedure. 

Call Severn River Dental Health Center Today!

Still not sure which treatment option is right for you? That’s what your Severna Park dentist is here for! Call Drs. Amanda McPherson & Yeremi Canizales today to schedule a dental consultation. Are you a patient of Severn River Dental Health Center? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences!