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Dental Implants vs Dentures in Williston Park, NY

You can lose your teeth for a variety of reasons, gum disease, tooth decay, facial trauma. In some instances, you may not lose your teeth, but they are damaged well beyond restoration and need to be extracted. No matter how you lose your teeth, the outcome is always the same. It becomes more difficult to perform the simplest tasks, such as eating and speaking. Your smile suffers, as does your confidence. Healthy teeth can shift out of alignment as the jawbone changes. Replacing your missing teeth is essential for restoring the functions, health, and aesthetics of your mouth. Traditionally, this replacement has been done with dentures. Today, dental implants provide a modern alternative. Each option has its benefits as well as its drawbacks. Long Island Smile can help you to choose the best option for you.

Traditional Treatment for Missing Teeth

Dentures are a traditional treatment for the replacement of missing teeth that consist of acrylic resin teeth set into a removable, gum-colored base. They are custom designed to form impressions of your mouth to fit in place over your gums, which provide support for the restoration. Dentures are available as partials, which replace sections of missing teeth, and full dentures, which replace an entire arch. While they have been in place for hundreds of years, technological developments have made vast improvements in dentures. They no longer look clunky and obvious. The dentures of today are designed to more closely match natural teeth, giving you a more discreet restoration.

Why Get Dentures?

Dentures soaking in water used by Williston Park dentist at Long Island Smile.Dentures offer some benefits.
bullet list graphic They restore your abilities to bite, chew and speak.
bullet list graphic Your smile is restored, which can improve your confidence.
bullet list graphic The dentures available today are made to appear more natural and feel more comfortable than their older counterparts.

What are the Drawbacks to Dentures?

While the dentures offered today are a vast improvement over older dentures, they do have some major disadvantages.
bullet list graphic They can slip out of place when you eat or speak.
bullet list graphic Your gums provide support for your dentures, which are not designed to support the pressures they exert on the tissue. The base can also rub your gums, causing painful sores.
bullet list graphic They can be tedious to care for. Dentures need to be taken out every night for cleaning, and then you need to brush your natural teeth and your gums.
bullet list graphic Dentures cannot stop the bone loss that occurs after you lose your teeth. As your jawbone changes, your denture will no longer fit properly. As a result, your dentures need to be periodically replaced.

A Modern Alternative for Tooth Replacement

Dental Implants provide a modern alternative to traditional dentures. They are the result of an accidental discovery made during the 1950s. Since the first successful implantation in the 60s, continued research and development have transformed implants into what they are today. This restoration uses small titanium posts to support the ceramic crowns that replace your missing teeth. These posts are surgically implanted into your jawbone. As you heal from the surgical procedure, your bone fuses to the implants, and they integrate into your jaw. As a result, they become stable roots, which are used to anchor your new teeth securely in place.

Why Dental Implants?

Diagram of dental implant, abutment and crown used by Williston Park dentist at Long Island Smile.This popular, revolutionary treatment offers several benefits.
bullet list graphic They look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.
bullet list graphic The crowns, which are secured in place on the titanium posts with screws, will not slip out of place.
bullet list graphic They are much more comfortable. Your crowns are supported by the posts rather than your gums.
bullet list graphic They can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.
bullet list graphic The posts stimulate your jawbone just like the roots of your natural teeth. In doing so, they work to preserve the strength and integrity of your jaw.

Are There Any Drawbacks to Implants?

Despite the significant benefits of dental implants, they also have a few downsides as well.
bullet list graphic They require a surgical procedure for placement.
bullet list graphic Recovery after surgery can take several months.
bullet list graphic They are often more expensive than traditional treatments for tooth loss.
bullet list graphic Your jawbone needs to be sufficiently strong to support the posts. If you lack the necessary bone mass, you may require a bone graft surgery before you can undergo implant surgery.

Our office also offers dental bridges, which is a permanent dental appliance that has the ability to replace between one and four teeth.

Both dentures and Dental Implants have their advantages, as well as their drawbacks. During your consultation, we can help you go over your options, thoroughly weighing the pros and cons of each to help you make the best decision for you. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Long Island Smile today at (516) 243-7473.
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Both dentures and dental implants have their advantages, as well as their drawbacks. During your consultation, we can help you go over your options, thoroughly weighing the pros and cons of each to help you make the best decision for you.
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