Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Serving Patients in Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton & Nearby Areas of Florida

If you have lost one or more teeth because of decay, gum disease or injury, you’re not alone. It is a problem that millions of people deal with every day. Unfortunately, the situation can affect the way you speak, eat and smile, and even the way you feel about yourself.

For many years, removable dentures or permanent dental bridges were the only realistic solution for correcting missing teeth. But now, dental implants are another option, offering patients a stronger, more natural-feeling and natural-looking choice.

At The Smile Centre in Venice and Sarasota, our Sarasota and Venice cosmetic dentists are specially trained in dental implant systems, fixed bridges and dentures. We can offer our patients the most appropriate treatment for their specific needs, budget and lifestyle.

Dental Implants and Dentures, Defined

Dentures are custom-molded plastic teeth designed to sit on top of the gums. While they can be effective, they can also be uncomfortable for some patients. They may also slip out of place and cause that tell-tale clicking sound when speaking or eating.

Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements, usually made of three parts, a porcelain crown, a titanium screw, which replaced the root of the missing tooth, and a titanium abutment which adjoins the crown to the implant screw. The screw is placed into a patient’s jawbone as an anchor to the crown.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Today’s modern dental implant systems offer a number of benefits over traditional dentures, including:

  • Implants look and feel like natural teeth.
  • There is no slipping or “clicking” with implants. And no messy adhesives are needed, unlike dentures.
  • Implants are comfortable and seamless; most patients forget the replacement teeth are there.
  • There is no need to remove implants for regular cleaning.
  • Implants last longer and are stronger than dentures. No more worrying about which foods you can and can’t eat, as can be the case with dentures.
  • Once gum tissue heals around an implant, there is little risk of ongoing gum irritation, unlike with dentures.
  • With proper oral hygiene, dental implants offer a lower risk of gum disease and bone loss than dentures. There is no “trapping” of bacteria between gums and plastic that can lead to these problems.
  • Implants can often be used in combination with other treatment solutions, such as dental bridges or partial dentures, for increased stability.

Dental implants have an overall success rate of 95-98 percent.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants, including details about the types of implant systems we offer, please contact Dr. Richard Stanley and our Florida dental team at The Smile Centre in Sarasota and Venice, Florida.