Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Missing teeth not only detract from the appearance of your smile, but also make it difficult to eat, speak and maintain good oral health. Dental implants and dentures are two of the most common ways to replace teeth, but which one is right for you?
As an experienced cosmetic dentist in Houston, Dr. Ronald Konig will help you weigh the benefits of each and ultimately choose the absolute best tooth replacement for you. To schedule a consultation, please call 713-668-2289 .
For most people, dental implants are the most durable, longest-lasting and most functional option for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants stand apart from other tooth replacement options because they are embedded into the bone beneath your teeth, which not only makes them optimally strong, but also prevents the shrinking and resorption of this bone, thereby maintaining the contour of your lower face and jaw.
Advantages of dental implants can be summed up as follows:
- Replaces the entire tooth from root to crown
- Abutment portion is matched to your natural teeth for a seamless smile
- Last for many decades, possibly a lifetime
Dr. Konig has helped numerous patients restore their confidence in their smiles with dental implants. As an experienced implant dentist, he can tailor the treatment to you so that you can enjoy the best possible results.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants?
Ideal candidates for dental implants are adults who have healthy gums that have enough bone support to hold the implants in place. Dental implants are not recommended for young children whose jawbone is still in the process of growing. Those with periodontal disease, active infection, or lack of bone support may also not be candidates for dental implants until these conditions can be fully treated.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
With regular dental checkups and a good oral routine, dental implants can last patients a lifetime. Although the crown of the implants may only last between ten to 15 years before needing a replacement, patients who take proper care of their oral health will be able to enjoy the benefits of their dental implants for the rest of their lives.
Dentures are one of the most traditional forms of tooth replacement. Although they cannot match the durability, function and longevity of dental implants, they remain an effective way to restore your smile.
Dentures can be made in a partial or full form, depending on the number of missing teeth. Also, dentures are more advanced than ever before. Dr. Konig provides his patients with custom dentures that will match the color, shape and size of your natural teeth. Unlike dental implants that are often used to replace just a few missing teeth, Dr. Konig can replace all of your teeth with dentures. Modern dentures also help you retain the muscle strength in your face and prevent your face from having a sagging appearance.
One of the options more patients are selecting is the use of dental implants to secure a dental prosthesis. With this option, dentures or a dental prosthesis can be held in place more successfully than with the dental glues and pastes of the past.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Dentures?
The ideal candidates for dentures are adults who are missing some or all of their teeth and are interested in a less invasive option tooth replacement option. Unlike dental implants, having less jawbone mass can still make you a suitable candidate for dentures. Dentures are a great option for patients who are less interested in a recovery process. While customizing your dentures to the perfect size and fit may take some time, having dentures comes with no recovery time in comparison to having dental implants placed.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
Caring for your dentures can be just as important as caring for your remaining natural teeth. While dentures are designed to last between five to ten years before needing adjustments or touch-ups, it’s important to properly cleanse and care for your prosthetics in order for them to provide you with the bite and smile you hoped to achieve when you first booked your appointment!
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"Dr Konig and his team are amazing! They always make you feel welcome, respect your time and do excellent dental work. I have been a patient for 15 years and highly recommend them."
Which One is Right for You?
The only way to know if dental implants, dentures or implant-supported dentures are right for you is to visit Dr. Konig for a consultation. After an examination of your teeth and a discussion of your expectations, he can provide the clear, accurate information you need to make choices about tooth replacement.
To schedule an appointment to discuss your options for replacing one or more missing teeth, please call the dental practice of Ronald W. Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF, FIAPA, at 713-668-2289 . We serve Houston and all of the surrounding areas, including Katy, Sugar Land and The Woodlands, Texas.