Dental Implants vs Dentures

We often get questions from our Greensboro, NC patients missing one or more teeth about which form of tooth replacement is the best fit for their needs. While it is true that dentures have come a long way in recent years, they can still fit poorly, restrict eating choices, and be terribly inconvenient. Dr. Steven Hatcher is happy to say that dental implants are becoming the go to choice for restoring missing teeth. While the dental implant process can take longer than getting dentures, dental implants require no more maintenance than a good oral hygiene routine and fit just like a patient’s natural teeth. As you can see when you read some of our testimonials, our patients believe the comfort and stability that come with dental implants makes them worth the time investment. Read on to learn more about the dental implants v. dentures debate and then contact us for your personal consultation with Dr. Hatcher.

Why are Dental Implants Preferred over Dentures?

One of the reasons Dr. Steven Hatcher’s Greensboro-area patients tend to prefer dental implants over dentures is the simple convenience of them. While dentures need to be removed daily for cleaning and sleeping, and require messy adhesives to stay in place, dental implants are permanent and require nothing more than good oral hygiene to stay strong. Dentures can also prevent you from eating foods you love while dental implants do not. Once your dental implants have fused with your jawbone, they never need to be removed or readjusted; they look and feel like natural teeth.

While convenience is a big factor when it comes to making the decision to pursue dental implants, there are also multiple health and cosmetic issues that can be avoided by making this decision. Because dentures are not fused to the jawbone like dental implants are, there is no tooth root support which can lead to jawbone loss and shrinkage. This can be very painful and can lead to additional tooth loss, making your dentures even more uncomfortable and poor fitting. A loss in jawbone structure can lend a sunken appearance to the face, which can contribute to wrinkles and premature aging.

Learn More: Schedule your Consultation with Dr. Steven Hatcher

If you need to replace one or more missing teeth and don’t want to deal with any of the problems that can come with dentures, dental implants may be the tooth restoration treatment that you’ve been looking for. To schedule your dental implants consultation with Dr. Steven Hatcher at his Greensboro, NC practice, please contact us today.