Dental Implants in Greenville, South Carolina
Dentures and Implants
There are a few options for replacing your missing teeth. The most common two are dentures and implants. Some clients choose to begin with dentures and progress to implants. If you are unsure which option is right for you, visit Greenville Center for Sedation Dentistry. We can explain the differences in durability, comfort, cost and confidence.
Which Is Right for Me?
For many people, implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. They are permanent replacements that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Implants are anchored directly to the jaw and can replace any number of teeth. While they cost more upfront, they have minor to no maintenance fees and last your lifetime.
Pros of Implants
Implants are permanent replacements for teeth. Because of this, once they are placed and have heeled they are very easy to maintain. Simply brush and floss as you would with your natural teeth. Implants also offer the same strength and chewing functions as regular teeth. Your adjacent teeth are not worn down as they’re when using partials or dentures.
Cons of Implants
One common disadvantage of implants is the surgery that is required. This surgery is used to properly prepare your jaw for the anchoring as well as anchoring the post for your new tooth. Because surgery is required, implants are more expensive than dentures initially. Implants also take weeks to months to properly integrate into the bone.
Pros of Dentures
Dentures are removable replacements for your teeth. They generally can be made and placed faster than implants. They can be partial, for a few teeth, or complete. Dentures also cost less than implants upfront. The process to create dentures is also noninvasive with no surgery required.
Cons of Dentures
Since you are wearing something rather than fixing it in place, dentures can affect your speech and smile. Over time, dentures can cause irritation and sores. Partials can wear down neighboring teeth faster. Dentures require special care while eating and drinking and can affect your ability to taste food. They also require maintenance, adhesives and replacements.