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Is There Ever a Time Where a Denture is Better Than an Implant?


Posted on 2/27/2017 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
A pair of dentures floating inside of a glass jar.
Missing teeth need to be replaced. The traditional way to do this was by using dentures. However, in recent years, the preferred choice for replacing lost teeth is dental implants. Implants have numerous benefits over traditional dentures that would make them seem like the best option. However, is there ever a time when getting dentures is better than implants?

Dentures

Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth set on a gum colored base. They are made from molds of your mouth, to ensure fit, and are supported by your gums and the bone underneath. Dentures do nothing for the bone mass in your jaw and, over time, the bone begins to deteriorate. Eventually, your dentures will no longer fit and you will need to be refitted. Dentures also may slide out of place. And, they require a substantial amount of care every night.

Dental Implants

Dental implants, on the other hand, are a permanent solution. Titanium rods are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as anchors to hold false teeth. The rods fuse with the bone and mimic the roots of natural teeth. What this means is that you won't suffer bone loss, so your jaw won't change shape. While time is required for healing, implants only require the same maintenance as your natural teeth and tend to be an overall better choice.

Can Dentures Be Better?

There are a few times when dentures might be the better option. The first reason is cost related. Implants cost far more than dentures, especially if you are having all of your teeth replaced. And most insurance companies will only cover a portion of that cost.

Dentures are also the better choice if you suffer from bruxism. If you are a smoker, the habit can affect the healing process and even cause implants to fail. Finally, implants require a sufficient amount of bone mass in order to be successful, so if your jaw is weak, dentures are most likely your best option.

Both dentures and dental implants serve to replace missing teeth. Contact our office if you wish to discuss your options.

The doctors of Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants would like to inform you of the enhanced safety protocol developed for our office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, American Dental Association, and local government, we have enhanced our already stringent protocols for hygiene and safety.

•  All patients and staff wear masks
•  All patients and guests are screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature check prior to admission to our clinic lobby. Hand hygiene is performed before entry.
•  All personnel have daily temperature checks
•  To allow for social distancing, we have reduced the number of patients and guests in the office at one time and spaced the seating in our lobby appropriately
•  Allow more time for disinfecting between patient encounters
•  Increased disinfection of frequently touched surfaces including counter tops, handles, lobby seating, and bathroom surfaces
•  New, single use pens to avoid germ sharing between patients and personnel
•  Procedural personnel wear N95/KN95 masks and face shields
MEET THE MADISON ORAL SURGERY & DENTAL IMPLANT TEAM AND SEE OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19

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Madison, WI 53713




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