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Restoring Your Whole Smile: Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Graphic representing both traditional and implant-supported denturesIf you have widespread tooth loss, Greater Long Island Dental provides both traditional and implant-supported dentures to restore your smile. One of the dentists at our Long Island facility in Massapequa, NY, can explain the advantages of dental implants vs. dentures, and help you create a personalized treatment plan. Both solutions can replace all or most of your teeth. However, dental implants afford the greatest stability and can maintain the health of your jawbone. Your dentist will evaluate your smile to determine if implants are a good option for you. To learn more, contact our practice today. We are happy to work with you to find the best financing option to place the cost of implants comfortably within your budget.

Dental implants and implant-supported dentures provide unparalleled support, and maintain the health of your jawbone.

What Are Dentures and Implants?

Dentures can replace all of your teeth or a large portion of your dental arch. Traditional dentures are removable, and their plastic base will fit over your gums. If you receive partial dentures, they will have small metal clasps that attach to adjacent teeth. Our team works closely with the dental lab to ensure that the restoration corresponds with the color of your gums and smile. We also make sure that the dentures maintain your proper bite alignment.

Implant-supported dentures provide better stability than traditional dentures. If you choose this treatment, our team coordinates with an oral surgeon to place several implant posts in your jawbone. Before your implants surgery, we take x-rays and digital images to find the strongest areas of your jaw, ensuring the best foundation for your implants. After your surgeon places the implants, it takes four to six months to heal. During this time, your implants replace your tooth roots and your jawbone fuses to the posts. When the implants and bone have integrated, your dentist can attach your full or partial denture.

The Benefits of Implant-supported Dentures

Dental implants and implant-supported dentures provide unparalleled support, and maintain the health of your jawbone. Like tooth roots, implants will trigger the growth of new bone cells in your jaw, preventing bone recession. You will no longer have to worry about your jawbone shrinking and changing shape. This eliminates the need to replace or refit your dentures to match your changing jawline in the future. 

Implants also provide aesthetic benefits and improved levels of comfort. Implant-supported dentures are permanently anchored to your jaw. Therefore, your new teeth will not slip out of place, and you will have few, if any, dietary restrictions. In addition, because implants are fixed in place, the restorations will rest along your gums, looking far more lifelike and blending with your smile. With proper care and oral health, your implants can last for the rest of your life.

Are You a Candidate for Implants?

To be a candidate for implants, you must have enough healthy bone to support the implant posts. If you have suffered jaw degeneration, there may not be enough tissue. However, an oral surgeon can often perform a bone graft to replace lost tissue, restoring your candidacy. Your overall health is another consideration. Oral health issues like gum disease must be treated and resolved before surgery. You also must be physically healthy enough to undergo surgery. Our doctors will consult with you to evaluate your candidacy, and determine if other treatments are required before implants can be placed.

Schedule a Consultation

Do not let missing teeth compromise your smile and limit your ability to speak and eat. Contact Greater Long Island Dental to learn more about implant-supported and traditional dentures. 

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