How Do Tooth Implants Compare to Dentures or Bridges?

Dentures vs. Implants

Upper dentures are easier to wear than lower dentures, because suction along the roof of the mouth helps hold the denture in place. But covering the top of the mouth restricts the ability to taste food. Talking and chewing are difficult, and slipping dentures may cause embarrassing clicking sounds while speaking or eating. Dentures need to be replaced every 7-15 years, which is both expensive and inconvenient!

Comparing bridges or dentures vs implants highlights the substantial benefits tooth implants have over both bridges and dentures. Salt Lake City UtahLower dentures don’t feel like natural teeth. As gum tissue shrinks, lower dentures become loose fitting, which creates sores and causes pain. It is difficult to eat and talk the same way you did with your natural teeth, which can impact professional and social opportunities. Often denture wearers use messy adhesives to secure the lower denture.

Tooth implants are a permanent solution to many of the disadvantages of dentures. Anchoring your dentures with tooth implants will vastly improve eating, speaking and smiling!

Bridges vs. Implants

A fixed bridge is a common solution to replace a missing tooth or group of missing teeth. In order to anchor a dental bridge, portions of neighboring teeth are often shaved off. It is likely that the bridge will need to be replaced once, twice or more over the course of a lifetime, which can be costly!

Because neighboring teeth are taxed to anchor a bridge, studies show there is failure rate of up to 30% in teeth located next to fixed bridges or removable partial dentures. Also, bone loss occurs where teeth are missing.

With dental tooth implants, healthy neighboring teeth remain untouched. Also, tooth implants help maintain the strong underlying bone structure by stimulating the tissue and jawbone underneath the gum line.

If you are deciding between bridges or dentures vs implants, contact our Salt Lake City, Utah office today. Salt Lake City dentist Dr. Allan S. Thomas, DMD can answer all your questions about bridges, dentures and tooth implants. Call us at the number above or fill out the form at the right of this page for a FREE consultation.