Implants vs. Dentures and Bridges
Lake Oswego, OR
How are implants, dentures, and bridges different from each other? Furthermore, when are they required, and which one is better? Before we dive into these questions, it is important to know what they are. Let us help you tell the differences between them. At Nicholas Dose, DMD, our professionals can help you with all three of these options should the need arise.
What Do Each of These Terms Mean?
Implants are a device that we insert in individual teeth to serve as a base. This base is often the foundation for an artificial replacement tooth. The implant is directly inserted into your jawbone. The eventual fusing with the jawbone, a process called “osseointegration,” is how implants prevent bone loss. Dental crowns can be used to cover up these implants.
Dentures are rows of teeth often used to combat significant tooth loss. Depending on the degree of loss, partial or complete dentures can be prescribed to patients. Dentures can be removed as the situation requires, but that means they are not as stable as the other two options. However, convenience and low costs are two advantages dentures have.
Bridges are a middle ground between implants and dentures. Typically, bridges consist of two healthy teeth beside an artificial tooth to hold it in place. These are often prescribed to fill in gaps between healthy teeth. This way, missing teeth can be replaced.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Compared to the other two options, implants are very precise and normally do not affect adjacent teeth. This makes it an attractive treatment when the other teeth are perfectly healthy and should be left alone.
Due to being directly integrated into the jawbone, implants last for many years and do not require replacements. Dental bridges typically last for a decade or so before they are replaced. For a well-maintained pair of dentures, the lifespan is usually seven to ten years. Replacement dentures will have to be made if you intend to continue using them.
Disadvantages of Dental Implants
For placement, dental implants require surgery, but dentures do not require any surgical procedures to be fitted with them. Furthermore, dentures do require a little bit of time to get used to, but implants are different. It takes months for the implant to fuse with the jawbone. After that, a post is attached, and that also takes months to complete this stage.
It might take a full year before the implant is finally a part of your body and solidly attached. Some people heal slower and it might even take longer. Another disadvantage is how much an implant costs. Dentures and bridges are more economical, even though the implants can be a superior option and last longer.
What Should You Get?
While implants have a number of advantages, they do not fix all problems. It is not practical to get implants for a lot of teeth, and dentures are more affordable and fulfill much of the same purpose. We will know what is best for you and suggest the right treatment for your oral problems.
Here at Nicholas Dose, DMD, we are trained in all of the necessary procedures for all three solutions to tooth loss. Please call us at (503) 765-7300 to learn more or schedule an appointment with us.