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When to Choose Implants…and 3 Cases Where Dentures Are the Better Option

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Your smile is a highly personal part of your identity, so it makes sense that replacing missing teeth is also a serious decision that can impact your smile for years to come.

In many cases, patients in Perry Township opt for dental implants because, aside from regular home and professional dental hygiene, they don’t require much upkeep and are incredibly reliable.

Some cases when you might choose dental implants include:

  • You recently lost a tooth
  • You have healthy bone
  • You are young and healthy
  • You don’t want to mess with dentures
  • You want to avoid any denture mishaps
  • You enjoy eating an unrestricted diet
  • You want a permanent solution to tooth loss

In other cases, you might choose to go another route when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Here are three circumstances when dentures might be the preferred option to replace multiple missing teeth.

You Are Taking Osteoporosis Medication

Medications such as Fosamax, Boniva, or Actonel are known as bisphosphonates and can cause complications with healing the bone after implant treatment. Rather than running the risk of osteonecrosis, patients sometimes prefer an alternative that does not require bone surgery.

Many people have an outdated image of what dentures will look like. Modern dentistry has improved the appearance and fit of dentures. Now denture teeth come in different shades to match your skin tone and gender rather than bulky, too-white options.

You’re Watching Your Expenses

Replacing multiple missing teeth with single dental implants can be costly. Dentures are an affordable solution that will give you your smile back at a fraction of the cost. We also have an option that includes the best of both worlds with implant-retained dentures.

You Have Bone Loss

Bone loss can exclude you from dental implant treatment. While it’s possible to boost healthy bone with procedures such as bone grafting and sinus lifts, they don’t work for everyone.

If you are in the Perry Township area and want help deciding whether dental implants or dentures are right for you, give us a call for an appointment. Dr. Kyle Shank will present each option and go over what you can expect.