Dental Implants vs. Dentures or Bridges

Dental implants can solve many of the problems that patients have when they are replacing their teeth.

Services: Dental Implants, Implant Bridges, Full Mouth Reconstruction, Smile Makeover, Sedation

"Quite a few dentists turned me down because it was too in-depth for them."

Mike did a lot of off-road racing in the 1980s — a pastime that wasn’t very kind to his teeth. Broken teeth caused more problems than just a jagged smile. Mike wasn’t even able to eat what he wanted.

Dr. Gray took on the challenge that many other dentists turned down. With a full-mouth reconstruction, Mike is now able to both eat and smile with confidence!


Dental Implants vs. Traditional Dentures

Many people with missing teeth wear partial dentures or conventional full dentures and are unhappy with them. Traditional dentures come with a number of limitations, but implants can relieve these difficulties and provide a much better tooth replacement experience.

Lower Dentures

Lower dentures don’t fit or feel like natural teeth. They often become loose and move around due to shrinking bone and gum tissue, which irritates the mouth. This causes sores, pain, and difficulty in chewing. Lower dentures may restrict your ability to talk and eat the same way you did with your natural teeth.

Dentures tend to have only about 1/5 the chewing power, which limits your chewing ability. Often denture wearers need to use messy adhesives to improve the fit, but they can never provide the stability and confidence an implant stabilized denture can, not to mention how it affects the taste of your food.

By using dental implants, you do not need the messy adhesives. This means that you can improve your denture experience as well as your meals.

Upper Dentures

Upper dentures are easier to wear because of the suction along the roof of the mouth that helps to keep the denture in place, but having the palate covered reduces the taste and enjoyment of foods that you are eating. Chewing and talking may still be difficult, often resulting in sores and pain.

By supporting your upper denture with dental implants you can totally eliminate the need to cover the palate. This can allow a much more natural feel to the upper denture while dramatically enhancing its security and your ability to taste the foods you enjoy.

Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking which may cause removable denture wearers to shy away from enjoying meals with friends.

Dental implants may greatly reduce or even eliminate many of the issues associated with dentures because they provide so much more support, confidence, and stability. Dental implants allow you to speak, eat, and care for your teeth more naturally.

Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges

dental bridge San Diego and La Mesa dental implants El CajonMany people who are missing a single tooth or a group of several teeth opt for a permanent dental bridge. Wearing a dental bridge often requires shaving off portions of healthy, neighboring teeth.

A dental bridge works like the Coronado Bridge, with one side of the space being San Diego and the other being Coronado. The replacement teeth are then secured to the teeth on either side. Call us today to learn more about your dental bridge options in San Diego, CA.

Tooth Replacement Technologies Flipper Dentures (partial or full) Dental Bridge Dental Implants
Longevity 1-3 years 5-7 years 7-10 years Lifetime
Preservation of healthy adjacent teeth Yes Yes No Yes
Transmission of force to: adjacent teeth adj teeth/gums adjacent teeth bone
Prevent bone loss & preserve facial appearance No No No Yes
Requirement for periodic adjustments Yes Yes Yes No
Accelerated loss of adjacent teeth Yes Yes Yes No

Source: Premium Tooth Replacement, Deutsche Bank, January 26th, 2006

Use Dental Implants to Protect Your Teeth

While this has traditionally been one of the nicer ways to replace missing teeth, dental implants provide an even better option and may also help save or preserve healthy teeth.

Using a tooth to support a dental bridge causes increased stress because adjacent teeth must support and bear the additional pressure and stress from the missing teeth. If the teeth on either side of the space are in good shape, we would need to shave down a healthy tooth, which many of our patients find objectionable.

A dental implant can allow us to restore the missing area naturally and beautifully without damaging the teeth on either side of the space. By not shaving down those teeth, we can greatly enhance the life of those teeth and reduce the risk of root canals and other stress-related problems.

Replacement Issues

Even the finest, most beautiful dental bridge may need to be replaced at least once in your lifetime, increasing your cost. Dental implants can often be considered a lifetime restoration as they are one of the most successful and durable dental procedures with a 95% long-term success rate.

Dental implants also actually stimulate the bone and help preserve underlying bone structure, which supports your face. Proper facial support can also help prevent wrinkles and premature aging.

Let Us Help You Choose Your Best Tooth Replacement Option!

To learn more about implant-supported dentures or dental bridges, call our San Diego, California area office today at 619-337-7700 or simply fill out the form on this page. We will contact you if you are in the San Diego area, including La Mesa and El Cajon.