FAQs about Dentures vs. Dental Implants

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Dental implants and dentures are both effective solutions for missing teeth. Statistics show that almost 70 percent of Americans aged 35-44 have at least one missing tooth due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, tooth fractures or trauma. The quality and look of dentures, which are removable false teeth, has improved greatly over the past years, and while they’re a cost-effective option, they’re not suitable for everyone.

Implants are replacement teeth that are surgically fused into the jawbone, and can last upwards of 25 years with good oral hygiene. Unlike with dentures, patients must have a healthy jaw bone and gum tissue to support the titanium posts which serve as artificial roots for dental implants.

At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot will evaluate your gums and teeth and help you determine the best option for your needs. Whether you decide to get dentures or implants, both can help eradicate underlying dental decay while improving your smile tremendously.

Dentures or dental implants – which is right for you?

If replacing just one tooth, a single dental implant is usually recommended considering their longevity, durability and superior aesthetic results. For patients who need to replace most or all of their teeth, dentures are a much more affordable option. But dentures do have their drawbacks. Partial or full dentures have been known to slip out of place, interfere with chewing and talking, and make audible clicking sounds.  Many patients have even reported that dentures altered their sense of taste.

Single or multiple teeth implants are a bigger financial investment, but the results are worth every penny for those who have suffered through the embarrassment of a slipped denture or chronic pain when chewing.

Notable advantages of dental implants:

  • Dental implants look and function more like your natural teeth
  • Implants allow to you enjoy your favorite foods without worry
  • Implants won’t loosen since they’re permanently fixed
  • Implants help prevent shrinkage of the jawbone
  • Dental implants preserve jaw bone and deter future bone loss
  • Tooth implants can last a lifetime (25 plus years)
  • Implants don’t require adhesives
  • Dental implants can be performed in one day
  • Implants have a long-term success rate of over 90 percent

Important considerations in regards to dental implants:

  • Implants require surgery
  • They may not be suitable for smokers
  • Only an option for people with healthy gums and jawbone
  • Cost is higher than dentures or a bridge

Dental implants in Suffolk County

To learn more about dentures and dental implants in Suffolk County, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, located in Rocky Point. Unlike many practices in the area, we do everything in house without contracting outside oral surgeons or anesthesiologists. For this reason, we are able to provide same day implants and other dental procedures at very affordable rates. We also offer several attractive financing options and payment plans to work within your budget.

Call 631.296.0602 to set up your appointment with Drs. Nick and Elliot today; we look forward to helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted!

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