Dental Implants vs. Removable Partial Dentures

Suffering from tooth loss is bad enough. Do you want a treatment that has a tendency to shift, move around in your mouth, or loosen over time? Or, do you want a treatment that will endure over time? Full arch dental implants are not only more comfortable than removable partial dentures, they are also more reliable, better for your health, and easier to take care of. It’s no surprise that our Sugar Land, TX, dental practice often treats patients replacing ill-fitting removable dentures with dental implants. Implants, simply said, are the better treatment and the improvement in quality of life that comes with the transition is dramatic. That’s why tooth implants are considered, by doctors and patients alike, the gold standard of restorative dentistry.

Dental Implants are Better for Your Health

Removable dentures help stop neighboring teeth from moving in to fill the gap left behind by a missing tooth. However, apart from that, their health benefits are limited. Dentures, unlike dental implants, don’t usually help against bone loss in the jaw. Over time, a dentures-wearer may experience the deterioration of the jaw and this will eventually manifest in the way of a changed, or “sunken,” facial appearance. Just as important, the removable denture will not keep pace with the change in the shape of the jawbone and it will eventually become ill-fitting. Not only does the dentures-wearer risk bone loss, but he or she will also need to replace the removable dentures fairly frequently (every 7–9 years on average).

Dental implants, on the other hand, do protect against bone loss. They are a comprehensive restorative treatment, replacing the entirety of single or multiple missing teeth — from root to crown. By replacing the roots with a biocompatible titanium fixture, implants restore that essential process of jawbone regrowth stimulated by the daily use of our jaws. The fixture, acting like a tooth root, makes sure to gently strain the jaw, inducing a process of bone tissue regeneration. This process is integral to a strong and healthy jawbone.

Apart from helping keep your jaw in healthy shape, tooth implants also help protect you from tooth decay and other oral infections. Large gaps in between teeth can be very difficult to clean, requiring extra attention, but by plugging that gap a tooth implant reduces the likelihood of undue buildup of plaque in that area. Once in place, dental implants are also much easier to clean than removable dentures, as explained below.

Dental Implants are Easier to Maintain

Removable partial dentures require intricate cleaning procedures that can use up much of your time. It’s the same routine every day: rinse your dentures after eating, lightly brush your dentures at least once per day, soak your dentures overnight, rinse your dentures before putting them back in again. On top of that, you’ll have to frequently visit the dentist to make sure they still fit correctly, to help avoid discomfort and embarrassment. If you’re missing multiple teeth, why put all that effort into a treatment that offers only a fraction of the benefits of full arch dental implants?

By comparison, implants are cleaned just like your natural teeth: brush at least twice a day and floss daily. The implant fixtures are permanent and never need to be removed for maintenance. Yes, you still need to visit the dentist — at least twice per year —, but this is no different from natural teeth. The only difference is that the dentist may unscrew your permanent replacement teeth to clean the top of the fixture and the abutment. But, the inconvenience to you is minimal to nonexistent. It will almost be as if you had never lost teeth to begin with.

Dental Implants are More Reliable

Removable dentures have a tendency of becoming ill-fitting over time due to changes in the shape of your jaw, as well as to wear and tear. As they loosen in your mouth, they may move around or shift, irritating your gums and the inside of the mouth. As the fit worsens, your dentures may begin to slip or fall out of your mouth, even while you’re talking or walking. To avoid these problems, partial dentures have to be replaced relatively frequently — every 7–9 years on average.

Dental implants, on the other hand, benefit from an unrivaled longevity if well maintained. Unlike other tooth replacement treatments, implants are anchored to your oral anatomy via the biological, organic process of osseointegration. This process consists of bone tissue regrowth in the jaw, which grows right up to the surface of the implant and fixes it in place. This permanent implants will firmly and resolutely support one or more permanent replacement teeth, that look and feel just like natural pearly whites. For a slightly longer procedure (read about the implant process), you can enjoy a smile that can last a lifetime.

Schedule Your Consultation at Our Sugar Land Practice

Do you wear removable partial dentures and are they beginning to lose their fit? Are you missing teeth and looking for the best treatment for you? Then dental implants may be the right choice. To learn more about how implants can help you, contact our Sugar Land office to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with Drs. Kline and Davis: 832-500-3935.