Do you need dentures or dental implants to replace missing teeth? For those wondering if they need dental implants or dentures, Bellaire, Texas dentists at The Houston Dentists are happy to help you explore both options. Some people begin looking at the need for new dentures because their old ones are ill-fitting or damaged. Some are looking at dentures and dental implants for the first time as they are ready to replace missing teeth or have to have decayed teeth extracted.

Dentures vs. Dental Implants

Dentures are removable whereas dental implants are permanent. There are also implant supported dentures that are permanent dentures, attached by strategically placed dental implants. Dental implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. Dentures can replace all of your teeth or you can have a partial bridge that covers a small or larger area.

Dentures have definite disadvantages. They can be ill-fitting, can slip and slide, can result in a clicking sound, and they don’t behave as closely to natural teeth as dental implants, which can limit your food choices. Dentures are less expensive, though, and that can be a selling point for some. If cost is your only barrier to getting dental implants, you can consider dental financing to help. Calculating the cost of dental implants versus dentures should also factor in the fact that dentures have a significantly shorter lifespan than dental implants, which can last a lifetime if well cared for.

Protect the Jaw Structure, Too

Dentures also don’t protect the bone and jaw structure the way implants do. Bone loss is a problem for many with missing teeth and dental implants fuse with your jawbone, eliminating this problem. There are factors that can impact your choice, like the cost of dental implants vs. dentures, your overall health, allergies, and other issues. The best approach is to explore both options so you can weigh the pros and cons of each and decide what you need. Dental implants are well-tolerated by most people and the significant benefits of dental implants has resulted in a rise in popularity.

Find Out what You Need from Dr. Kathy Frazar and Dr. Thomas Hedge in Bellaire, TX

Whether you think you need dentures or you want or need dental implants, The Houston Dentists in Bellaire, TX can help. We have satisfied patients who have switched from dentures to dental implants very successfully as well as those who have chosen variations, such as mini implants or implant-supported dentures. Dr. Thomas Hedge and Dr. Kathy Frazar are Bellaire dentists who are well-versed in all of these areas. We would be happy to help you explore replacing missing teeth and improving your smile and your self-confidence. Talk to us at (713) 668-7137 about booking a free dentures or dental implants consultation.