The Smile Shop
Adam Spriggs DDS & Kate Dolin DDS

Dental Implants vs. Dentures: 3 Important Differences

There are several options available today to replace missing teeth. Full or partial dentures have long been the go-to for tooth replacement, and they’re still a reliable choice. Dental implants, however, are considered the standard of care for missing teeth because they provide so many benefits.

If you’re thinking about dental implants in Durham, NC and are trying to decide which is right for you, here are three benefits of dental implant to consider:

#1. Looks, Feels, and Functions Most Like a Natural Tooth

A dental implant is a prosthetic that looks, feels, and functions the most like a natural tooth. While dentures sit on top of your gums, an implant post is placed surgically in your jaw. As it heals, the implant fuses with surrounding bone and tissue, and over time becomes a permanent part of your dental structure, just like the original tooth root.

#2. Helps Prevent Bone Loss

A natural tooth root keeps your jawbone strong and healthy because its root helps stimulates regeneration of bone in your jaw. Losing a tooth brings this process to a halt, and the bone starts to shrink. Dentures that sit on top of your gums restores some function but don’t do anything to solve the problem of bone loss. Placing a dental implant in the jawbone, however, allows the process to continue, keeping bone strong and healthy.

#3. Offers Comfort and Stability

We’ve all heard the stories about removable dentures and how they can slip and shift unpredictably. But since a dental implant is rooted in your jaw, once a replacement tooth is placed on top of it, it’s not going anywhere. They are so stable that your dentist can create full or partial dentures that attach to the implants to hold them firmly in place.

Call Us for Your Implants Consultation

Replacing a tooth as soon as possible is critical, so if you’re considering tooth replacement with dental implants in Durham, please call The Smile Shop. We will arrange a consultation with Dr. Adam Spriggs who’ll explain the benefits of dental implants and help you decide if they’re the right solution for you.