If you have lost all or most of your teeth, you have a big decision to make: How will you rebuild your smile? Many patients choose traditional dentures, but others opt for implant-supported dentures in Frisco. Let’s take a moment to compare these two options so you can make a fully informed, confident decision about your treatment. Hopefully, it will not be long before you are once again the owner of a complete, gorgeous, and functional set of teeth.
Both traditional dentures and implant-supported ones will enable you to eat a wide variety of foods. However, because traditional dentures simply rest on top of the gums, they are not nearly as stable as natural teeth. Therefore, you’ll need to take precautions when you’re eating and avoid certain foods altogether.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are anchored in the jawbone. Dr. Patel uses state of the art 3D X-ray imaging technology to determine where to place the implants for maximum stability and function. Once your new teeth are attached to your implants, you can expect to have an extremely strong bite that rivals that of natural teeth.
Whether you choose traditional or implant-supported dentures, you can expect your new smile to be aesthetically pleasing. That is because Dr. Patel has an in-depth understanding of the science of dental prosthetics. He can design a restoration that will complement your natural orofacial structures and provide you with a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
With that being said, it is worth noting that because dental implants replace the entire tooth structure and are so stable, they tend to look even better than traditional dentures.
Traditional dentures typically need to be replaced every 5 – 10 years or so. That is because after you lose your natural teeth, the bone that once supported them begins to deteriorate, leading to changes in the shape of the jaw. Eventually, those changes progress to the point where the dentures no longer fit properly.
Conversely, dental implants stimulate the jawbone, helping it to remain strong and dense. Therefore, your implant-retained dentures will always fit well. The dental implants may last a lifetime, and the dentures may last for 15 years or longer.
It’s true that traditional dentures cost significantly less upfront than implant-supported dentures. However, since traditional dentures need to be replaced more often, they offer a lesser long-term value than dental implants. Also, because dental implants offer so many advantages that make them superior to traditional tooth replacement, they are a truly wise investment for most patients.
Are you ready to replace your lost smile? Visit Dr. Patel for a dental implant consultation to learn whether this remarkable treatment is right for you.
Meet Dr. Patel
Dr. Paresh B. Patel is an award-winning, highly educated general and restorative dentist who has helped countless patients discover a higher quality of life via dental implants. He is even a Fellow of the International Congress of Implantology, which means he has demonstrated before his peers that he is qualified to perform even complex dental implant procedures. To learn more about Dr. Patel or to schedule an appointment in our office, contact us today at 469-362-3150.