Dental Implants vs. Dentures

LVI-Trained Dentist Serving Oakton, Vienna, McLean and Nearby Northern Virginia

Dr. Michael Chung shows a patient an X-ray

While various tooth replacement options exist, the two main options are dental implants and dentures. Implant dentistry has several benefits for the aesthetics and function of your teeth and provides a long-term way to replace one missing tooth or multiple teeth.

Experienced implant dentist Dr. Michael Chung provides information on the advantages of dental implants vs. dentures during your free consultation. Schedule an appointment at our office in Northern Virginia by calling 703-319-6990 today.

Wearing Dentures to Replace Teeth

Between implants and dentures, dentures have certainly been around for the the longest. Although dentures have been a viable tooth replacement option for many years, some people experience several disadvantages, including:

  • Tendency to slip and shift
  • Clicking sound while speaking or eating
  • Require regular removal for cleaning
  • Persistent gum irritation

Dentures can ultimately feel uncomfortable. They can affect your confidence when they lead to difficulty chewing and articulating. However, they remain an affordable and convenient option for many people seeking cosmetic solutions for missing teeth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Even though dentures have been the traditional way to go, advanced technologies have given patients the choice between dental implants and dentures. Dental implants have several characteristics that reverse the shortcomings of dentures.

Unlike dentures, dental implants are firmly rooted in your bone, so the restoration does not slip around and is not removable. Instead, dental implants work by being placed in your jaw, providing optimal comfort and function.

Other advantages of dental implants include:

  • Look like your natural teeth
  • Anchored to your bone
  • Prevent bone deterioration

Not only do dental implants look natural, they prevent the facial collapse associated with missing teeth. When you lose a tooth, the ridge of bone supporting your teeth will begin to deteriorate in response to the missing tooth root. The bottom portion of a dental implant mimics the presence of a real tooth root, promoting the strength and health of the bone supporting your teeth.

Which Treatment Is Right for Me?

In general, implant dentistry is the most effective tooth replacement option when considering dental implants vs. dentures because implants have many of the same qualities of natural teeth. You clean the dental implant just as you do your other teeth, and the implant provides the same function, comfort, and appearance of a natural tooth.

If you would like to learn more about tooth replacement in Northern Virginia, please call 703-319-6990 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Chung at Softouch Dental Care. Our office is based in Oakton, and we provide service to patients in Reston, Vienna, Fairfax, Arlington, Tysons Corner, and nearby areas.