Patients with missing teeth typically have a few options to replace the gaps in their smile: dental implants, dentures, and bridges. We have set up this page to explain the differences between these options and why more dentists recommend dental implants.
Why are Dental Implants Preferred over Dentures and Bridges?
A huge reason why patients and dentists choose dental implants over other tooth restorations has to do with the sheer amount of benefits dental implants can provide. Out of the three options, dental implants last the longest, provide the greatest stability and bite strength, and remain the most convenient option. Here, we break down the main differences:
Longevity: Dental implants can last decades, and sometimes, an entire life span! Dentures and bridges typically last 5-7 years before they must be replaced.
Stability: Dentures and bridges are prone to shifting, slipping out of place, and becoming ill-fitting with time. Dental implants have optimal stability because they integrate with the jawbone, acting as real tooth roots. Therefore, bite strength is similar to natural teeth; patients comment that dental implants feel just like their real teeth!
Convenience: Dental implants are never removed and do not require a special cleaning routine. Implants are cleaned like real teeth: with a healthy regimen of brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. Dentures must be removed from the mouth to clean with a special solution and soak overnight. In comparison, dental implants act and feel the most like real teeth.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn About the Best Option for You
Are you missing one or more teeth and would like a permanent replacement that can give you a strong, beautiful smile once again? Many patients are opting for dental implants for their ability to transform a smile aesthetically and structurally. Simply read the testimonials from our happy Mountain View, CA patients to find out more about how dental implants can positively impact your life. To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants at Smile by Design, please contact us to schedule a free consultation* with the talented Donian Shen, DDS, a Top Implant Dentist in the Bay Area.