Dentures vs Dental Implants

Dentures and dental implants are some of the most popular solutions for replacing missing teeth. But how do you know which option is the right one for you? Dr. Jason Baldwin provides treatment with dental implants and implant-secured dentures to replace missing teeth at the root. Call Dr. Baldwin’s Truckee, CA dental office at (530) 206-0392 or his Loyalton, CA office at (530) 993-4728 if you want to restore your smile. Learn about how removable dentures compare to dental implants below.

Dentures and Implants in Truckee, California

All About Removable Dentures

Removable dentures are used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. They initially cost less than dental implants and offer quicker treatment. However, removable dentures can feel big and bulky in your mouth and come with a learning curve. Patients have to adjust to speaking and eating and only get about 30-40% of their bite function back. Removable dentures need to be taken out at night to be cleaned and require adhesive to stay in the mouth. Dentures do not prevent jawbone deterioration and will fit differently over time. If dentures do not fit right they can rub on the gums uncomfortably and cause pain.

How Do Dental Implants Compare?

Dental implants are made up of a titanium post that is placed into your jawbone, a connecting abutment, and a dental crown. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth, secure a dental bridge, or support a fixed denture. Implants replace teeth at the root and stimulate jawbone growth. As the jawbone grows and fuses with the titanium implant, it gives patients extra stability. Although implants may seem costlier in the short-term, they do not require adjustment or replacement.

With implants, you get 100% of your bite function back. Implants also feel like natural teeth in your mouth and do not need any extra maintenance. Just remember to brush and floss daily and schedule regular appointments with Dr. Baldwin!